Poetry is my therapy. Writing, reading, sharing. Below are 10 of my estimated 150 poems. Thank you for reading and sharing. Also, please join me at the Open Mic at Woodnotes Grille every Tuesday, where I am affectionately referred to as ‘resident poet’ reading originals among the songwriters and guitar players. Come to listen, come to share!
BY THE BEAVERKILL ON MOTHER’S DAY – A HAIKU COLLECTION | becca andre
Pool of peace –
water flows steady beneath
stockade of trusses.
Glowing sun heats
freshly bared skin as hope grows;
a chartreuse promise.
Green and blue sea glass:
tiny gems too fragile for
this fast, fickle stream.
Distant thoughts hover
like black flies or nymphs just caught
in daydreams of silk.
Here we both sit:
Fly rods and trout, lens and pen
peace pulling us in.
ODE TO WEEDS | becca andre
Your purple petaled smile
catches my eye from down below,
a brightness so eager to please.
You promise to open soon,
with your familiar yet foreign flavor,
my palette you will appease.
With your spicy, heart-shaped green,
a reminder that the truest of loves
is ridiculously bitter-sweet.
You are my soldier of hope,
making my mouth water for a piercing crunch
of your healing, sword-like leaves.
Heavy with crimson berries,
lazy with color all winter long,
perfect for summer steeps.
You mimic a beloved queen,
but even one taste is poison,
so foragers, take heed!
Wild, like me, with parts both
mild and deliciously pungent,
I love you, despite my dirty knees.
HOUSE OF SECRETS | becca andre
You are covered
with colored clapboard siding,
a barrier to the world outside,
with wavy glass windows for eyes
and a frozen front door
that leads to the white-washed walls,
worn like a wedding dress.
Entering, fear slowly peels away,
like layers of paint
on a hammered tin ceiling,
letting new creep into the center room,
where an antique bed,
covered in a quilted cocoon,
holds in the heat.
You surround me with your
wide-planked floors of pine,
your thick porcelain features
and steel fixtures that shine,
despite their age,
stained, yet sturdy.
For you are a haven,
where lovers come together,
where first and last breaths are inhaled,
where screams of joy
and pain still echo.
House of secrets:
your stories are not mine to tell,
but promise you will remain steadfast,
protective of your inhabitants,
present and past,
your memories not for sale.
COVER ME IN ORANGE | becca andre
Surround me with an abundance
of citrus-coloured coals
that promise a winter-long fire,
an amiable warmth,
that seeps into the logs
and into my soul.
Allow me to lay down and nap
on a fragrant fabric of leaves,
leaves like crunchy clouds,
that take on cookie-cutter shapes
of hearts and stars and diamonds.
Carve me a smirking pumpkin,
a face eerily lit in the evening,
turning to a crooked grin in the morn,
as a layer of shimmering frost
smoothes its sinister edges.
Let me pass time at my stove,
instead of my desk,
whipping up spiced cakes
and all sorts of gourd-inspired dishes,
finished with nutmeg and cloves and mace.
Layer me in scarves of crochet,
in flannels and corduroys.
Camouflage my abundant curves
in sweatshirts and woolen jackets,
as I dream of knee-high leather boots.
Cover me in the handsome hue of autumn.
Dust me with its cinnamon scent…
Cover me in orange.
ROOMS | becca andre
The woman I am
belongs to the room where I stand.
In the space of polished stone and steel,
I am his homesteading princess.
The queen of canning and dishes.
In the room of screens and barbies,
I am her playmate.
The wished-for older sister.
In the tiled closet, bottle and rag in hand,
I am their housekeeper.
White gloved and organized.
In the castle of dark wood and crystals,
I am their servant.
Invisible and nameless.
In the place of creatives gathering,
I am a poet –
Raw and gritty, writing how you are feeling.
In the shaded room of covers,
I am your thirsty, obedient lover.
Needful and mindful of only you.
In these entrenching woods,
Of ice and moss and mud,
on this rock that was made for perching and writing,
I am just the girl
I was always meant to be.
THE PERFECT GIFT | becca andre
You are wondering what to give me.
I tell you, there isn’t anything
You can buy with those silly
green slips of paper.
I don’t need a diamond ring
or a little plastic card
With raised embossed numbers
to the big box store in town.
Sure, you could cook me dinner.
Or give my back a rub,
but you would do that anyway-
You don’t wait for special days.
No need to tell me I’m beautiful,
or I’m the only one,
or that you love me,
these things I already know.
Instead, my love, I want you to pretend
It’s our very last day.
This life is coming to an end.
The plane is spiraling towards earth,
The volcano is gonna blow.
The meteor is arriving any minute,
The railroad track ahead is bursting into flames
Or, maybe, maybe Armageddon really is neigh,..
But no matter the reason,
imagine this is our last goodbye.
Our last few seconds,
the last few breathes we are to inhale.
Now close your eyes,
and give me this gift of true worth:
Just kiss me. Kiss me, darlin, kiss me.
Like its our last day on earth.
THRUWAY | becca andre
At a rest stop on the side of a highway,
you came up to me-
big brown eyes-
You told me your story,
surely laced with lies.
Or maybe not.
Maybe a student making her way home
is who you really are.
Out of cash, gas and friends,
with a freshly broken heart,
taken to the road without a plan.
Could you be that gutsy girl,
on the run from a dangerous man?
Or are you a gypsy,
with that streak of blue in your hair.
You flash your whitened smile,
reflecting the street lights,
like a beautiful stranger
working weary travelers mile by mile.
I don’t mean to judge you,
but your hand is out,
your tumbling words cast doubt.
So I offer you advice,
a tip or two for trips and life:
I say “Always have a cash stash,
plan better for the road,
cause this place just isn’t safe.”
Then – I hand you a twenty,
not because your story I believe,
but because –
you could have been me.
FEVER | becca andre
Skin on fire,
chilled to the bone.
The place between dreams.
Swimming, gasping for air
reaching for the way home.
It would be easier
to just float
wide open on the sea,
bare belly towards the sun.
Eyes unobservant of the chaos around me.
Petulant waves crashing unheard,
As stubborn ears stay closed.
Withdrawing into the sacred cave,
a whooshing sound.
Ahh, to be left alone in this sea,
to be left behind by the captors,
to be allowed to float free.
to answer loudly.
For my friend,
my sweet friend
She is calling me.
RELEASE | poem on canvas | becca andre
ZEPHYR TRAIL | framed poem & photo | becca andre