Two Poems by The Occasional Poet


The Interval

My fingertips relish the soft, fuzzy, fleece-like texture of white spa towels, minimally offset by the grey and itchy thread of a hemp string encircling their rolled-up forms at the waist.

Lightly perfumed with lavender, they choose an orchid, instead, as adornment – placed near three, staged candles of varying heights, overlooking pink bath crystals strewn on the woven mat.
Inevitably, a small, green fern graces the scene with its splash of color and flowing arcs of tiny leaves casting small shadows onto the scene.
Don’t forget the stones!
Small, black, smooth-surfaced stones, like the kind used on the spine in hot stone massage.
They add to the mood of “Zen.”
I glide slowly in the wicker swing, clad in my spa robe and with hair turbaned, listening to the mesmerizing lilt of meditation music, and wish I could stay here “forever.”
Nails freshly cut and shining; face newly pummeled and satin-smooth, I rest, if only for this moment.
My hosts tell me the bombing has stopped. Soon it will be time to return to Kyiv.

white woman in white towel turban, with white flower blossom at her cheek by Victoriia Malysh for poem with a surprise ending


Bounty Hunters

  • A parking lot is full of zip-zapping vehicles, drivers searching for prime parking space, or trying to get the heck out of there.
  • Store shelves are lined with too many branded options of foods, all produced by the same 2 companies.
  • The stale smell of pizza slices, warming under red heat lamps, wafts through the aisles, making tummies growl and wallets open wider. Did they hide a fan to make the aroma travel farther?
  • Mounds of produce are sprinkled – on schedule – with a cooling mist.
  • Dumpsters are full of edibles that rot in the sun.
  • Anything you want. Ice cream? Auto parts? Live plants? Drugs? Alcohol?
  • How about soft drinks? Meat? Chewing gum? Pet food? Batteries? Light Bulbs?
  • One-stop shopping with items to spare.

All taken for granted as if it were natural and deserved.

indoor aerial shot at grocery story aisles by ElasticComputeFarm for poem about shopping at a mega grocery store

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