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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Laurie Kuntz

The Silk Kimono Jacket – A Poem by Laurie Kuntz

The Silk Kimono Jacket

is tossed in this bargain box,
its sleeves tangle in waves
of faded silk swans and blooming
flower patterns, purple and peach run

from the horn of the iris’s trumpet.

Many have worn it…

the wedding jacket of a milk maiden,
a gift for a mistress,
or a woman’s city coat.
Balled lint lines the pelican pockets,

a crumpled tissue, a wooden button, a hairpin,

Women grew in and out of this fabric
like the billowing of sails on erratic seas.
Cranes and flowers reeled together,
a rhymed pattern of seasoned colors.

The musky silk shimmers–in my hand, a palette of lives.

The years of wear are many…

I could settle on a lower price,
but it is not the bargain I want,
just the tight weave of memories.

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Laurie Kuntz recently retired after 30 years of teaching. She is now a film producer. Her experiences living in Asia and working with displaced people are reflected in much of her work.

 

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

 

 

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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For the Broken – A Poem by Laurie Kuntz

For the Broken

I threw an apple core skyward
to see if it would reach the moon.

It fell into a field of wild roses,
which were eventually cut and posed
In a vase centered on a table
set with blue dragon cups.

Apple cores, cut flowers, porcelain tea cups:
a conscious choice between wonder and wonderful.

When poetry no longer mends
what has so long been broken,
Unsullied moonlight shining on a field of roses
replaces words–

Stanzas tossed skyward
singe roses clean of thorns.

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Laurie Kuntz recently retired after 30 years of teaching. She is now a film producer. Her experiences living in Asia and working with displaced people are reflected in much of her work.

 

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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