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Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Assertion – A Poem by Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Assertion
—after Ben Lerner
by Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Sometimes, I lose my pronouns pondering the possibilities of we.
Your she, diffident among peacocks and catastrophes, must
always please. Pinned beneath the weight of verbs, she asks if you recall
her noun, the long nights reading blind, some meaning in the hours of our.
Yours is a possessive without apostrophe. Fractured lines
blossoming across limb and mind, cloying adverbs in search of
passive phrases. Are you you outside of me? Persuasive verse
unravels uniformly, a fallen nest of morphemes like
promises forgotten. Syntax deceives, meter is faulty.
If it is any consolation, the reader never tires.

 

About the Poet: Pamela Joyce Shapiro is a cognitive psychologist intrigued by memory and language. She teaches psychology in Philadelphia and writes poetry to capture thoughts and moments otherwise forgotten. Her work has appeared in Poetry Breakfast, Better Than Starbucks, The Ekphrastic Review, Unlost, and One Sentence Poems.

Passover – A Poem by Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Passover

Now spring—a still cold reminder
that life, even untended, persists.

The house has suffered my distress,
it is less than before, tired, a bit unkempt,
lacking sparkle. I should make amends.

Start here, this room, these objects
burdened by a mourning winter’s dust.

The pewter tray (a wedding gift),
copper vessels my grandfather
carried from Russia, candlesticks,

pitchers, teacups and bowls—
these things recall a life misplaced—

to serve, pour, give light,
cup warm liquids in palms . . .
bergamot tea, rice and milk,

the loving dead.

 

 

About the Poet:
Pamela Joyce Shapiro is a cognitive psychologist intrigued by memory and language. She teaches psychology in Philadelphia and writes poetry to capture moments otherwise forgotten. Her work has recently appeared in Poetry Breakfast and Better Than Starbucks.

 

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Almanac – A Poem by Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Almanac

Summer—
scratching surface
yields cooler ground.

Winter’s deeper—reach
down beneath the frost line—
warm as worms.

Lick a finger in the wind.
We know nothing.
But the dogs
always
plant their bellies
in a temperate zone.

 

About the Poet:
Pamela Joyce Shapiro is a cognitive psychologist intrigued by memory and language. She teaches psychology in Philadelphia and writes poetry to capture moments otherwise forgotten.

 

Photo by Stecosa.

 

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.

 

Only – A Poem by Pamela Joyce Shapiro

Only

It’s a small thing
this longing
just that
for so long it’s been
about you

or me
and now these
young women

their stories growing
in me their
voices filling
my limbs

mornings
you pull open
my fingers, unfold
my legs
and there’s nothing
nothing

but the sound
of their names
strung together
into something
enormous

I need a room
without word
or thought

where language is breath
and it’s enough

 

 

About the Poet:
Pamela Joyce Shapiro is a cognitive psychologist intrigued by memory and language. She teaches psychology in Philadelphia and writes poetry to capture moments otherwise forgotten.

 

 

Photo by Unsplash.

 

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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