Twinkle Toes

Twinkle Toes

A Song

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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

Sabotaging Section


Sabotaging Section

A Poem

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take your seats
the lights are low
plenty of space behind the curtain
it is a curation desert
an empty gallery

that’s art? 
you ask
you like to push time
so what did you do 
Saturday Squanderer
he said, practice this chord
until your fingers bleed

like learning to whistle
she said, you might pass out
through your fingers
more air, less tongue
mean it
make it echo
to call the dogs off the mountain
to hope they don’t come home
skunked again
or worse, quill-nosed
or not at all

find a rock 
so you can brag about 
your ability to manifest
crystals
imposter on a trail
what was it all for

you won’t go through 
that velvet opening
your hands are too tired
for the heaviness
of that drapery
or for what the audience
might not see


©Samantha Lazar 2019

Thank you for reading. Here are some more poems by Samantha Lazar.The Risk to Love
A Poemmedium.com
Fallow Years (Parts 1 and 2)
A Poemmedium.com

Today


Today

A Poem

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rain threatens to freeze
it is the kind of day
wanderers won’t land
the unsettled tethered
to the wind
or the train

I could have molded my life
with the red clay 
of her grave
the dry crumbling 
stone and dust
heavy on a fairy tale box

I could have given time
I didn’t feel apt to give
to know her light 
truer than the shine
of her children’s shine
but we busy our lives

what is important now
the decades do what they
will before we are even 
awake to our memories
even as rain drenches
words of winter


Samantha Lazar 2019

That’s my grief today. May all who suffer know peace.

Prognosis Always Anger

A Poem

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when Cancer, you get cancer
we won’t light the night
our funds will be exhausted 
you won’t have the will to fight

when Cancer, you get cancer 
no beautiful replacement hair will fit
no meal trains will be arranged
no prayers on lips will sit

no rides to the treatment center
no hook ups to the medical weed
no morphine button to pretend to
think your body’s freed

no experimental trial to try
no one will mourn your life not lived
no trucks to find a match for you
no donations will we give

when Cancer, you get cancer
it will rot your ever dreams
we won’t be there to fear you
or your gasping pleading screams

your orphans will never join you
no colored ribbons we will tie
no standing room only funeral
and no one, no one

will cry.


© Samantha Lazar 2019

The Risk to Love

A Poem

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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.

Under Mars

Thoughts About Thoughts About Thoughts

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You go to the kitchen anxious. This is no way to greet your husband and the coffee he just made. But there it is. It’s almost sunrise. You cannot place your worry, and so it lingers in a physical need. You wrap your arms around his body sideways. He turns to you and wraps you into his chest. Fridge door light on you both, his hand releases the half and half.

What’s wrong?

He knows you. He knows your answer will be that you don’t know what’s wrong. Nothing is wrong. Everything is wrong. He’s on to you. He knows that you have been awake for a while. He knows that unconsciously you made a decision you might regret. Or not. It doesn’t need to be decided now. He isn’t psychic. You have patterns. He caught you still dreaming.

You both do the counting on your fingers and the deep breath you exhale. This exercise comes from the book you brought home to read with your son. You are worried that your son worries too much so this is a book about kids with anxiety. You know you brought this book home for yourself, too. You try the gratitude.

I’m grateful for you and for peanut butter and jelly.

He was in the middle of packing your child’s lunchbox. You sound silly to yourself, always the harshest judge. So you add intellectual silliness.

It’s just an amazing combination of flavors.

Your worries were there a minute ago. What was wrong? Hadn’t you been spinning since 4:30 or so? Is that the time the SSRI begins waning? Maybe you should up the meds. Maybe you should blame Mars for being so intense in your chart. Maybe blame the constant government chatter, the nothing that is being done, the injustice, your social media show and tell, is it enough? is it too much? The bills to pay late.

You know what will help you. Coffee.

And writing.


© Samantha Lazar 2019

Thank you readers! Here are some links to some of my earlier writings:Called by the Magistrate
A Poem Masquerademedium.com
Visions of Patching
A Memoir in Versemedium.com

Called by the Magistrate

A Poem Masquerade

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Yes, your gun tucked into your back waist band is hot, and I do not mean stolen — but you know what I mean. I see your ring, but you could be a model for J. Crew when I was into those catalogs. Your November outfit takes me camping, holds me with your eyes that have seen what I saw today. You live here right? The place where air is stale and the ceilings, although high, are uncomfortably low. Oppressing even a short girl like me.

The rooms, after an upgrade, a decision — they have stopped suicide attempts: less perforated surfaces in which to weave a thread through, less bars to noose sheets. The success rate of suicide since this detainment center’s grand opening (It is for detainment), is eight. Completion of suicide is considered a success. That is a low number, but I saw that thick file. I know an ex-boyfriend’s brother used a door knob. Sat down on his knees and leaned way into the choke. That is a whole other story. Still ghosts — when confronted with reality.

I looked back at the man in his cell. Catching his eye and looking away. He was grinding his body up against the BOLTED AND HEAVY door, while I watch the commercial on the TVs, he also sees. A preview for the final episode of American Horror Story. Don’t miss it. Or watch it later. Look away.

An inspection. The pain. The complete delusion. A mother’s son. I saw the library. The GED program. This was not me. This won’t be you.

But it could be. Flip the page. Like when I sat in my piano teacher’s waiting area. Waiting for this kid, who actually practiced, to be done. He got extra time. I was FASCINATED by the book she had on the coffee table. The kind with pictures, optical illusions of faces. Turn it one way, it is an old lady smiling in a feathered hat. Flip the page, it’s a pirate scowling, the feather turned beard and foul teeth.

In that way, I am looking out of my cell. It’s sticky and they will move me soon. I took the class on empathy and how to tell what anger feels like in my body. I connected with the characters in a book I found in the library, but can a girl get some romance reading in here? A microcosm. Dental. Vision. Pharmacy. I got what I need.


© Samantha Lazar 2019

Thank you for reading. You may also enjoy:Where Will My Child Be Safe?
A Poem in Response to Prompt: Mapsmedium.com

Give Me A Feeling

A Poem

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give me a feeling
that I can feel
what are the side effects
of this era
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
not even partnership 
can reach

give me a heartbeat 
worth swooning about
let’s run ourselves wild
the edge of getting caught 
enough to keep us
awake all night


©Samantha Lazar 2016

Thank you for reading. You may also enjoy:Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful
But tell me I’m Beautifulmedium.com
This One Will Last
A Poemmedium.com

In the State of Furzyth

Psychological Phenomenon

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Furzyth [fər´zɪð]
Noun (21st Century)

  1. Psychological phenomenon or concept of furzyth.
  2. Having furzyth or being in a state of #furzyth.

Description: A state of secret or disguised identity either by change of name, being, thought process, familial relationship, appearance, or other forms of altered truth in an attempt to better life’s perceived circumstances or outcomes. Outwardly, furzyth has the closest connection to the act of a chameleon through deception of others and self. The state of furzyth may be known or unknown to the person in the state. Others may recognize that another is in the state of furzyth even if they could not recognize it in themselves. Sometimes a person will deliberately pursue deception in order to be perceived as the outcome they desire only to then lose sight of who they were before.

Origin: Latin [fur] — secretive, deceptive, furtive. Hebrew [Zyth/Seth] — appointed, named, Seth.


Furzyth

A Poem

one scholarship away
from my father’s mouth
whiskey and some other 
unknown flavor

smashed against
my forever (forgotten)
childhood.

only two street weeks
out of the thirty two
until I am sixteen.
no one noticed (I hope)
early for work
early for school
trying to shower before the
swim team
hand dryers in the grocery store
hand soap crust

my braces need care.

then seventeen (I counted) 
other people’s couches
cat sheddings and cigarettes
the crumbs of other people’s 
midnights
away from her complicit
silence.

one court order away
(he won’t show up) 
I represent myself
my sister, younger
lost to online predators
that’s her way
no witness to what will 
happen later
but I will not be victim.

one judge to let me 
leave the system
one day
I will paint him
a glorious horse 
dyed every hue of freedom.


© Samantha Lazar 2019

Torn Leash

A Poem

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when at the edge of getting caught
I knew nothing more 
beyond 
what he told me 
the moon would light our walk
that night
the car rumbled off
I laughed at the jolt

the woods weren’t new
of course I figured out
blindfold off
I stood just beyond the 
soccer fields
where the dance team
stole away to smoke
and my sister

warned me not to tell
and watch my back 
if ever he would take me here
I laughed her off
and caught her eyes
lupine in their coloring
my lungs caught short
from memory

of thoughts of being hunted
like when I was locked outside 
her friend sneered at me
the window where our
grandma slept
those final years
that friend’s silhouette 
eyes in the dark

let me in
or keep me out
you don’t fool me 
for one bit
I slashed her tires
that night, I did
my sister had 
it coming

the trees outlined
traced by clouds
his breath along my neck
a desire 
and a sickness
all at once
the breeze carried rain
his sweat suffocating

my rage, boiling
wishing away
his hand 
pushing me down the trail
crunch of twig
came to an end
suddenly, “Run!”
and he let go

into the darkness
with the plan
spoiled by fear
chased down
and delicious
sisters feast 
the blindfold
in his hand


© Samantha Lazar 2019

Happy Halloween!