Twinkle Toes

Twinkle Toes

A Song

Photo by Frances Gunn on Unsplash

My mom has a cat named Twinkle Toes.
She arrived one day, and our barn she chose
The dogs are obsessed with wherever she goes
She’s the sweetest cat, I do suppose

I chose this rhyme instead of prose
to relay some facts not everyone knows
On each back foot she has six toes
And on each front leg, two paws to pose

I’ve seen winter rain bring rainbows
And forgotten plantings bloom a rose
But I’ve never met a cat who knows
The magic more than Twinkle Toes

© Samantha Lazar 2007

The Risk to Love

A Poem

Photo by Toufic Mobarak on Unsplash

the games we played
the dance we stepped
the deepened laughs we
raised

the oceans’ crests
the candles’ lights
the days we lived with
grace

the pain we numbed
the hope embraced
the fear we gave a 
name

the poison’s blood
the marrow’s gold
the chance we chose to
take

the lovers’ risks
the mothers’ eyes
the dreams wish to be
awake

the choice to love
the life to lose
the spark will never
fade


© Samantha Lazar 2019

Author’s note: This is the beginning of my thoughts on this. Yesterday, the world lost another beautiful person to cancer. I will miss my friend Grace, who was a shining light to so many people. She had the most courage and strength of anyone I have ever known. And as a former teacher of both her children, I will stand protector of them, even if from afar, forever.

Elixer

Give me a feeling that I can feel

 What side effect is this age
Of chasing the screen and panic abater
Push back harder against my cold shoulder
This manic elixir that keeps me drawn further
Beneath what could cut my willingness to bleed
Give me something worth worrying about
But don't, because running will lapse all the spinning
I've been here before
On the brink of inspiration
But I may have shrunk this year
And it's on the top shelf
that not even partnership can reach
Give me a heartbeat worth swooning about
Lets run ourselves wild
like we did when the edge of getting caught
was enough to keep us
awake all night