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Rae Spencer

Roads – A Poem by Rae Spencer

Roads

Every poet wants you to understand
How their road is different
Better or worse, more or less
Painful and blessed

Than the one most traveled

The one they decided against
All those years ago
When choices were possible

As if some roads lead
To different destinations
As if maps matter

Time is indifferent

Racing down all roads
Which end, in the end
At a luminous graveyard
Each stone carved with a poem

Describing a road less traveled

 

About the Poet:
Rae Spencer’s poetry has been published in print and online, receiving multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She can be found on the web at raespencer.com.

 

 

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.

 

 

Photo by Hurk.

Metamorphosis – A Poem by Rae Spencer

Metamorphosis

Nine caterpillars on the milkweed
Monarchs in the making
Nine fairy-tale larvae gnawing
Toxic leaves and stems

One short of a double handful
Gaudy fingers counting happiness
Into September’s waning light
In a yard grown wild

With end-of-season neglect
Each vine and flower folding
Its beauty in anticipation
Of fall’s many journeys

While a farmer’s weed feeds
Next year’s flock, fattening heirs
Almost ready for the chrysalis
For the silk unweaving

And flesh reweaving, nine
Marvels maturing toward flight
Toward the necessary leaving
And gathering and leaving again

Of their frail horde, a dwindling
Pulse of butterfly lore paused
In the yard for these brief hours
Nine, eight, seven, six, five

Four, three, two, one last
Sigh of discovery before
I put away the mower
And wave goodbye to summer

 

About the Poet and Photographer:
Rae Spencer’s poetry has been published in print and online, receiving multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She can be found on the web at raespencer.com.  The photo seen above is a photograph she took of the caterpillars that inspired her “Metamorphosis” poem.

 

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.

 

 

 

Rinse and Repeat by Rae Spencer

Rinse and Repeat
by Rae Spencer

My best ideas start
In the shower
In a luxury of lather and steam
Where caked remnants of effort
And tangled snarls of haste

Loosen, dissolve in a waft
Of lavender, vanilla, and musk
Slick scrape of razor, tingle
Of towel and air, draft of ritual
Cleansing, tonic of detail

Which freshens and sorts
Each digit, with each attendant
Cuticle and nail, each shell
Of ear and vital fringe of lash
Highlighted in brief regard

While eye and reason intersect
To solve the mirror’s cipher
Of left and right reversed
Into calm reflection
Scattered by a spark

Rae Spencer is a writer and veterinarian living in Virginia. Her poetry has been published online and in print, receiving Pushcart Prize nominations (2009, 2010, and 2011) and a Best of the Net nomination (2011). She can be found on the web at raespencer.com.

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