Two Poems – Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi
Life after the Fall
Life after the fall descends to winter of discontent,
relentless struggle to recall a time without lament
when wind flowed freely as we sailed
and all our troubles were availed;
amazing how we failed to guard a life much better spent.
Trickle in the pail the water slows its low descent
to merely droplets in a bucket like the tears that fall and vent.
A silent call for help while strange adversity prevails.
Life after the fall.
Wonder of it all as thunder pounds upon cement.
Rainfall spilling brainwash to the ground as hearts repent.
Judgment, jury, trial; in denial, tooth and nail.
Dream scapes walk the mile of our self imposing jail.
Waking hours smile in a hell without relent.
Life after the fall.
Always Never There
Absent hearted friend,
you were always never there
to remind me of the empty embraces
that I wished would overtake the darkness
of lonely nights in solitude.
Your vacant purple stares
reflect a multitude of worldly places
occupied by lies and various persona
answering questions with questions.
Opalescent transparency in a shattered mirror
represents the fragmented reality of broken time
through which neither of us sees eye to eye.
Thoughts escape any rational purpose:
Life on the tightrope… JAZZ…The pursuit of happiness…
and the White House was built by slaves….
Karmic virtue has flushed to mush
revealing no feeling from a heart of stone
that left at best the body of a skeleton.
Perhaps I thought I knew you once.
Perhaps I thought you once knew me.
Perhaps, we even cared.
Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri, where she writes articles, poetry and prose. She consults, teaches creative writing to men in a maximum security jail, and works for civil rights attorneys. Shari attained a B.A. in English and Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain and St. Louis, Missouri. She has a novel in verse, Poem to Follow, and a book of poetry, Fall Tenderly. Many of her poems have appeared worldwide in multiple poetry anthologies, literary magazines, and most recently in Spoken Word on CD. Shari considers herself a modern formalist, addressing contemporary issues in poetic verse with a stylized language.