Month: May 2018

Literal Arts

Twenty-four hours,

seven days, twelve

months every year.

Moons rise and set —

planets spin and whirl,

children run and play.

Dinner, breakfast,

lunch. Daily snacks,

picnics, barbecues.

Home repairs, child-

care, overnights —

vacations, holidays.

Carpools, snow-days,

bedtime stories. Back

rubs, no-naps, alarms.

Boys, boots, balls, 

girls, toys, tools —

men and medicine.

Stretch, sigh, search:

extra-credit, extra-

curricular activities.

Domesticated arts,

humor, joy, school:

release — creativity.

. . . . .



tidewater washes, shifts sands —

delivers soft iridescence, reflects

glistening beauties — wave after wave.

we pick a few pink-spiral conch —

calcified remnants we can carry home,

nature’s reminders of past-pulverized

selves – seaworthy pieces we may place

upon a shelf or up against an ear –

hear distant, undulating memories swell

and recede — bound now by hard shell.

. . . . . . .

Susan Powers Bourne

Along Carpeted Hallways

I searched for my down coat:
full-length, no buttons, deep
sea-green — shimmering silk.

I moved on Persian carpets then Tibetan,
tatami, then Turkish, New England hand-
hooked rugs — all worn — but serviceable.

Families from each culture lived along the
edges of each different rug. They all tried to
help me as they could, but no one had seen

hide nor hair of any
deep sea-grass green
full-length, down-filled
coat — with no buttons.

Finally, someone offered
a short gull-green jacket
to ward off the cold as
I made my way home.

Now — awake —
I will seek and
find my lovely
long silky coat

and I will find
all those rugs.
. . . . .



who knows how

much mysteries hold

or withhold —

why breached hearts

arrest or reaffirm,

skip a beat or open up —

all we know is this:

breath moves in and out —

solar-lights appear –

moons fill each month —

memories wake us.

. . . . . . .

susan powers bourne

Susan Means Lily

Middle name Powers comes from
her maternal Vermont grandmother:

abilities to act or do something effectively
often specific: her powers of concentration

having great influence or control over others:
powers of good and/or evil

sixth of nine orders of heavenly angels:
Powers and Authorities

energy or motivating forces:
under her own powers

Last name Bourne descends from
her paternal English heritage:

small stream or brook, that flows
only seasonally or intermittently

also bourn: a goal, limit, boundary, destination:
searching for the bourne that gives life meaning.

And then there’s this lovely connection,
Lily discovered for the first time today:

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
–Lord Tennyson, 1889

. . . . .

Susan Powers Bourne