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Margaret Fieland

Silly Season by Margaret Fieland

Silly Season
by Margaret Fieland

“Do you remember
any jokes, Mom?”
My six-year-old
stares at me.

Violinist at the Pearly Gates?
Jesus golfing?
Mathematician,  physicist,
and  engineer? Nah.

Anything we told each other
as kids is politically incorrect.
“Besides lightbulb jokes.”
He’s heard those.

“No,”  I say.
“I don’t.”

 

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art
and music all her life.  Her poems and stories have appeared in
journals such as  Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All
Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry
anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in
November, 2011. You may visit her website,
http://www.margaretfieland.com.

 

Window Dressing by Margaret Fieland

Window Dressing
by Margaret Fieland

Chalk it up to naivete,
fecklessness,
exhibitionism,
or poor vision,

but I never consider
someone across 86th street,
a street as wide
as Madison Avenue
could see into our building.

“You live on thirteen?”
Robert asks.
We nod, my sister and I.
“Well, someone up there
doesn’t pull down
their shades.”

 

 

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art
and music all her life.  Her poems and stories have appeared in
journals such as  Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All
Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry
anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in
November, 2011. You may visit her website,
http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Well, He Asked by Margaret Fieland

Well, He Asked
by Margaret Fieland

one of those clueless questions
at dinner with the whole family.

A beat while I consider my answer.
“I was gazing at Marie,”

drooling,
but I don’t mention that,

“and I realized I wanted
to jump into bed with her.”

Silence, then the buzz
of conversation resumes.

He refuses  to speak to me
for the rest of the night.

 

 

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art
and music all her life.  Her poems and stories have appeared in
journals such as  Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All
Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry
anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in
November, 2011. You may visit her website,
http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Rant by Margaret Fieland

Rant
by Margaret Fieland

I’m sorry for going off on you,
spewing about unreasonable expectations,

co-workers’ incompetence,
long hours,

terminal fatigue,
and never-ending crisis mode.

I went to yoga and meditated.
I’m calmer.

But, man, lay off.

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art
and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in
journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All
Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry
anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in
November, 2011. You may visit her website,
http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Taking a Break by Margaret Fieland

Taking a Break
by Margaret Fieland

She hangs out by the side entrance,
cell phone glued to her ear.

White crocheted sweater clings
to too thin ribs,

flared, faded cotton pants
descend to strappy high heeled sandals,

lank hair held back by barrettes
brushes sharp shoulder blades.

Perhaps 24, single mother, dead end job,
skin already yellowed and dry.

She’d even phone her mother
for that nicotine high.

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Weather Report by Margaret Fieland

Weather Report
by Margaret Fieland

The far side of the room
might as well be Europe.
I conjure morning’s gray sky,
stumble over backpack,
piles of pillows
tossed onto cold, bare floor.
I need a new lamp.
I knocked mine
off the nightstand,
my hand unsteady
from sleepless nights
dozing over a book
until four AM.
Coffee spilled
on my kitchen floor,
a wild whirl of my arm,
some time between
sleep and waking.

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.

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