POETRY

A biography

B&W photo of woman, supine on public steps smoking, looking up.
B&W photo of woman, supine on public steps smoking, looking up.
Image by Dishan Lathiya on Pexels

Those were the days,
storming outside to light up,
my own fog machine lungs
deep-thinking smoke

Weeknight sneaking out,
orange lights drumming
car rambling back road
long drag, hot cherry
out the window

Under the darkling strobes
catching rays of smoke
twixt New Order & Ministry
counting what’s left,
shaky from last dance

Cigarette machine shivers
florescent on Hatagaya street,
homes rounded, no green
but ¥300 and crisp exhales
back to the 2.5 tatamis

Cuban honeymoon afternoons
supine with the Quebecois
chain smoking beach bacchanalia
drifts of smoky sea-foam breath

The illogic of self-destruction
after the quit,
bumming from strangers
down the block where he’s…


POETRY

A haiku tribute to a Trickster friend

Ink drawing of three crows crowded on bowed branch, looking about, faint moon in low sky.
Ink drawing of three crows crowded on bowed branch, looking about, faint moon in low sky.
“Japanese crows perched on a branch”, Wantanabe Seitei. rawpixel, Public Domain

Riotous Trickster’s
head tilts with handsome mischief,
hops away with charms

When you dive-bomb folks
completely unsuspecting
I can’t help but laugh

Don’t swear at the crows
cawing back in poor syntax
without clicks and clacks

Behold ancient one
brimming childlike mirth and play
tearing through the sky

I can hear your wings
when you fly to roost at night
solo together

A joy in my heart
when I have your attention,
inquisitive friend

Lustrous creator,
thief of heavenly light in
promethean black

Fairytale it was
to have you fly by my side,
childhood companion

Jessica Lee McMillan © 2021

This series is the first dedicated to my favourite, sacred and irreverent creature. …

About

Jessica Lee McMillan

MA Eng. Mama, Poet, Iconoclast, Word Nerd. Likes shiny things. Writes on Philosophy, Art, Music, Nature.

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