Category Archives: Poetry

About That

She was born into a war
being waged in suburban America.

Its origins were untold.
Soldiers frequently forgot
on which side they had enlisted.
Skirmishes were frequent and furious.

The match had been on
at least these fifty years,
though battles were less often.
Sometimes there was a cease-fire.

Then came a loud lull…

She mistakenly believed
they were in a state of truce;
sent the watchman home and gave
the guard a well deserved night off.

Gigantic force
collided with her tired skull
before she knew the fight was back on,
and so made suddenly aware she sprang,

Crouched over her enraged,
certain she would survive the day.
A trusted voice she could hear calling
from far far away- it reached to her and,

Further injury was abated for now,
but as time would tell only to her face.

Copyright 2014.  L.L. Shelton.

Reality Girl

Back ta reality girl-
You on earth!
Dat whack
Diddin crack you skull-
You ain’t hurt!

Get up!
Getta move on!
What be da matta wid you?

Keep suckin
Dat pacifiah
Won’t matta din
Who da liah
Ness one ta come up
Behind ya
Gonna kill ya right where
Dey find ya

Get up!
Getta move on!
Da demons dey done found ya!

So let loose
Till ya satisfied!
Leave no one
Alive ta complain!
Livin be betta
Dan dyin!
Maybe one day
Gonna be no pain…

Copyright 2016. L.L. Shelton.

Don’t Close Your Eyes

Cleaning up for an honored guest
Always knew we loved you best
Floors are vacuumed
Windows dressed
My nerves are shot I must confess
They tell me you are packing these days
But I forgot I guess…
See?
The big front door stands open wide
To welcome you inside.
Now who will clean up this mess?

Copyright 2017. L.L. Shelton.

A Mama’s Way

Searching clouds on breezy days
Rolling down the hill
Giggling laughing howling now
Until our aching sides grow still,

Tears blotted from sodden cheeks
Cheers composed and chanted
Into the ear pressed forward
Thoughtful encouragement granted,

Little kisses on upturned noses
Foreheads the hand lightly stroking
Singing prayers into darkest hours
Tender words in kindness spoken,

Tucking children into dreams
To wonder at the night
Illuminating words of Light
Laced through with things we like.

Copyright 2016. L.L. Shelton