Tit For Tat

Pursed lips
natter
natter
gossip with bitter words.
Smile
pretend
glass eyed stare
looking for one small fault.
Why do you hate?
Why do you try so hard to tear others down?
What unhappiness plagues your soul?
Is there a satisfaction
from being up in all the business
lipping names
trotting out past indiscretions
like they happened yesterday?
Shame it is
at a time when women gather
lifting up
empowering one another,
your choice
the one you choose
is vacuous.
Dirty lies
falling from lipsticked teeth
is it a wonder none believe?
Tearing down
your tactic
circumvented by my desire
my absolute need
to see the rage
when plots
which you thought
had been laid well
do not come to fruition.
©Dec. 14/21
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The Crones

Reminiscent of times passed
sitting on the stoop
cigarette dangling from lips
beer bottle gripped loosely
fingers playing a tune
a steady beat
as fireflies begin to dot the night.
Psssst………
did you hear
about yourself
the stories that are told
the ideas that are spouted
from your lips
to god’s ear
does not make it
TRUTH!
What did I do now?
Skin a cat?
Teach an old dog new tricks?
Walked under a ladder
and had a black cat cross my path?
Deadly squints
shuttered glares
voices become quiet
please
please
c’mon let’s dance.
Into the darkness I disappear
away from old biddies
whose tongues do wag
whose tales are not theirs to tell
who without fault
without irony
carrying on with their crime
of judgement.

©Nov. 11/19
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