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Spanish Shardoma

Published April 13, 2017 by kdorholt

A new form of poetry for me–the Spanish Shardoma is six lines and has a 353375 rhythm.
Here are a five of my attempts:

Shardoma

The fresh air
of spring heralds hope–
one sure sign–
geese fly home
and make their nests at the pond–
awaiting goslings.

The fresh air
of spring heralds hope
and goodness
Breathe the pledge
of new life in its pure breeze
Let wintered souls wake

A fish tale!
The salmon I ate
one Friday
in my teens
still stews in my poor stomach
and burps up at times.

Breaking News!
Holocaust Centers
used to be
(in my day)
Concentration Camps, but now
Revisionists have the mic.

i know this.
Hitler’s poison gas–
sure sin–killed
my great aunt.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
was a place of death.

Dogdale and Grape (Secret Poem)

Published April 4, 2017 by kdorholt

Dogdale and Grape

They were secret
names for the boys
crush-created pseudonyms
penned in missives
two girls clandestinely
scrawled in compulsory classes
instead of defunct definitions
“laissez-faire”/“photosynthesis”
and promptly passed
behind a teacher’s back
or in front of one’s nose
notes of necessity
holding messages
as urgent as
a beached whale’s
need for the sea
“Dogdale Shipwreck”
“Grape Ligament”
two insignificant identities
so imperatively important!

Paul Ryan’s Poem: A Letter

Published February 25, 2017 by kdorholt

*I wrote this as a plea to Paul Ryan to not defund Planned Parenthood

Paul Ryan’s Poem: A Letter

Dear Speaker,
I’m a citizen of this land,
and thus, I am
a woman in your care.

I must rely on you
to make fair rules
that keep me sound
and healthy everywhere.

Dear Speaker,
I have heard too many stories
of how little I am held
in your regard

and how your
policies favor not women
but are harsh, unrealistic
cold and hard.

Dear Speaker,
if your blind mission should succeed
and fails to help all
hopeful womankind,

you will bear the sin
of women suffering and
and that wrong should e’er heft heavy
on your mind.

Dear Speaker,
why think so much ill of women
and always see the evil
they might do?

Women, taken as a whole,
are righteous people
yes, Speaker, every
speck as pure as you.

Dear Speaker,
may I say that I’m heartbroken
with your design to lord
o’er our bodies.

How do you see
this as your given power?
Would you do this if our pronoun
were “he”?

Dear Speaker,
I ask you, please, soften
your heart. Give us credit
as you do a man.

Put up bills
for votes that trust in women’s
goodness, as only you,
the one House Speaker can.

Dear Speaker,
you will hear women’s thanksgiving,
all overflowing here
with our true joy.

(We do not take our
role as life’s force lightly
or look at our body
as some sex toy.)

Dear Speaker,
when women make judgment
to control a birth from our
wombs any way,

we do it with the
greatest sense of prudence.
You can trust us with
that power on each day.

Dear Speaker,
a higher force creates us women,
so there has to be good reason
for this grace.

We are good enough
to bear forth glory.
The best of makers deigned this
as our place.

Dear Speaker,
Thank you for your kind attention
to my asking that you just do
what is right,

and may all that’s holy
gleam and guide all your days
and be with you every
single night.

Read More Fairy Tales

Published April 21, 2016 by kdorholt

My poem today ended up being different from the suggested minor-character narration. During my research I discovered this article about doctors reading fairy tales, thought it was interesting and wrote a found poem from that.

Source:  Karan, Tim. “Doctor’s Required Reading:  Fairy Tales.”  Newer. 1 July, 2011.

Below the Surface

Published April 20, 2016 by kdorholt

Below the Surface

The only-28
tell their migrants’ memory
of how the luckless
locked-in-lower-hulls
paid for passage
to breathe their own air
in the land of
pope and pasta
instead met
the waves of
salt and swordfish
never to rise
only to descend.

Oh, hear of how
the locked-in-lower-hulls
with dreams to
breathe their own air
intertwined in
last gasp
to begin their
living ghost like
staring from portholes
and windows
as offer to be eaten
by the water travelers
ears and eyes first.

Say a prayer
to All-that-Is-Holy
when you hear
their migrants’ memory
for the only-28
the locked-in-lower-hulls
and their cries
that never again
will reach the grace
where lands meet
only echoed to water travelers
and the others locked-within.

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