Winnowing Winds

 

These constant strivings

for equilibrium

though your stability

is assaulted.

This battle to retain

equanimity

to not veer blindly

from a lifetime of vicissitudes

and be left as a typhoon-battered

shore

littered with useless debris-

just garbage, mere junk

but to salvage what's good...

like the same after-storm beach

strewn with seashells

so intricate and beautiful

though deposited by destructive 

winds.

Cherish such small, subtle gifts,

pick them up

take them home.

Learn to sift,

quench your thirst

then leave the dregs.

Winnow

and allow the chaff

to simply fly away...

Keep your nourishing grain.

Take only your fill 

and realize

sustenance may come

but handfuls at a time,

not flashy-

but precious nonetheless.

Seashells after a storm,

drink for your thirst,

grain for hunger

whatever these things may be

that lift you,

that foster your flame.

 

 

Lady/Woman

 

Lady, there, sipping cappuccino

smelling sweetly of scented soap

jasmine, or coconut,

lavender or vanilla.

Are you the worldly 

sophisticate

avant-garde

an epitome of fashion

-dazzling?

 

Or-

 

Are you simply "Woman"

scattering corn

to chickens

walking on callused heels

moving to the rhythm

of the sky (the sun and stars)

of the seasons?

Woman-

earthy

rustic

without frills?

 

Which am I?

One, the other, neither

both?

 

 

Cat

 

Blue-eyed

quicksilver Muse-

What mysteries lie

beneath your

gaze?

Agile acrobat

aloof and then

affectionate

softly purring

or pouncing

invisible prey...

An epitome of grace-

yet languid.

You evoke

bygone Eastern

kingdoms

lost dynasties

Birman and Balinese

Tonkinese or Himalayan

Siamese, of course,

furred 

feline

curious and quirky

-cat.

 

 

Annette Velasquez

 

Bio:  I was born in 1963 in Urbana, Illinois, the daughter of Hungarian refugees. My heritage and parents' historical background features centrally in my writing.  Currently, I am a poet/activist and advocate for the rights of the homeless, disabled, immigrants, refugees and veterans. I live in El Paso, Texas with my husband and cat. I have a book of poetry, Daughter of Diasporas, available on Amazon--just look under the title or my name.