Bipolar Sky


Make up your mind, woman. Indigo
silk dress, or syringed star scars. You

get to decide both color (blue rasp
-berry cotton candy, ink stain, ebony

charcoal curmudgeon smudge) and
texture (wisp, willow tree, wallow). You

wave your birdless hands, cloud phalanges
stretched toward an arrogant stop sign sun.

Remember to breathe, blue lungs and golden
gills rising and falling like scales from azure

eyes. Surprise yourself with a crimson blush
brush dawn, a quiet hollow-boned apostrophe

marking possession of the addled horizon blur.
Concur with last night’s fading-now moon

mother, orphaned softly by her leaving, be
-lieving only in the last etched trace of her

papery skin. Begin again, crushed against
the jagged claws of land, cradled to the salty

curve of sea. You get to choose. The joy of muffled
silence, or the shaky thumpsong ache of blue.


Prompted by Toads

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9 Responses to Bipolar Sky

  1. Edward Rinaldi says:

    I am so glad I signed up for your blog …

  2. Every line a gem. I keep returning to read and discover new things. ❤

  3. I love the indigo syringe pairing in the first stanza. Great poetry as always

  4. Kerry O'Connor says:

    You had me at the title, and the poem is pure joy to read.

  5. that girl says:

    I love how this reworks itself because of the line break: “syringed-star scars you”

    “You wave your birdless hands” … This really stands out to me. Absolutely gorgeous.

    “arrogant stop sign sun” … Brilliant.

    Love these:
    “Surprise yourself with a crimson blush”
    “a quiet hollow-boned apostrophe
    marking possession of the addled horizon blur”
    “last night’s fading-now moon
    mother, orphaned” … STELLAR line breaks/word play; so much story embedded in this

    Really, every word, phrase, twist, break … is absolutely phenomenal. Your poetry has almost gone beyond itself. I really have nothing useful left to say. I only want to soak in its bubbles and let it soften my skin.

    I don’t know if you can possibly get any better, but I’m sure you’ll surprise me. You keep making it happen somehow.

  6. Oh I love this…”Bipolar Sky”…It does seem to be that way…Great from opening lines to closing. Thank you so much for participating in the prompt!!

  7. Rommy says:

    This is amazing. You used the prompt to vividly anthropomorphize the sky in a memorable way.

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