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Of Cabbages and Things

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2018

I heard it again while in the car after coming back from a walk with The  SSB Drever. This time of year I hear all kinds of things on the roof of my garage: the pelting of acorns, the pattering of squirrel feet. What could be next? Mix that with a cabbage stir fry for lunch and you get:

 

Of Cabbages and Things

 
the barrage 

 

of cabbage

 

grating

 

my garage,

 

onslaught

 

assault of slaw

 

cruciferous scene

 

of purple and green

 

mixed up mess,

 

a melange

 

a slaw

 

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Deconstruction

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2018

 

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Deconstruction

 
At first

 

there were

 

pronouns

 

but I removed them all

 

the I, the we

 

the you and me

 

the him and her

 

I focused on the 

 

verbs

 

adverbs

 

emotions

 

and I noticed 

 

that  all

 

that was left

 

was the pain

 

 

 

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2018

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Parallax

 
After

 

stepped aside

 

deviated

 

 path

 

travelled

 

perceived parallel

 

toward

 

undefined point

 

realized

 

absurdity

 

all

 

had been.

 

 

 

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© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2017

 

Remembering a kind friend on his birthday, Greg Rose. He is a very genuine, gentle and loving soul.

 Oxytocin

 
 

Oxytocin ©Jo Hewitt 2017

 
 
Oxytocin Love                                    
 
Potion Molecule Motion
 
Humanity’s Light.
 
 

Asher and Parisa Save Halloween

 

Asher and Parisa running back to the skeleton door. From Asher and Parisa Save Halloween © Jo Hewitt 2017

Asher and Parisa running back to the skeleton door. From Asher and Parisa Save Halloween © Jo Hewitt 2017

 

They had run through the night.

Through shadows long and short

And shadows unseen.

Under shifting moonlight,

They had saved Halloween.

They had help from two owls

And some slinky black cats.

They had been guided

By high and low flying bats

And a lantern named Jack.

They had heeded the words

Of the big birds black.

They had done everything

The ravens had rasped.

What was left-nothing more.

They hurried now, hurried back

To the skeleton door.

They had to make it through,

Before the mid-night.

Before it closed, forever shut tight.

They were at the fence now,

The door they were nearing.

Oh no!

Their skeleton keys were disappearing,

First one, then two.

With P-Nut and Sadie along their side

They ran so fast, they almost flew.

Would they make it inside?

Would they make it through?

Just a few more steps under the skeleton stare.

Just a few more steps.

They were almost there!

 

Asher and Parisa running back to the skeleton door.
From Asher and Parisa Save Halloween
© Jo Hewitt 2017

 

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2017

 

Years ago I tasted my first fig. I wasn’t sure about it, so tried another. It is an odd fruit, an enigma of dichotomy. It is fibrous and gives the appearance of a matte toughness, yet bruises easily. It offers illusion. It is not overtly juicy, but satisfies a thirst. Even when ripe it presents the freshness of green rooted in the musk of earth.  It draws you from muddy purples to amaranth and orchid bedding a dazzling array of seeded fertility. From poets to scripture, figs have been lauded for healing and as an aphrodisiac, one of the Fruits of the Gods.

 Fig

 
 
Figs by Jo Hewitt ©2017

Figs by Jo Hewitt ©2017

 
 
Much unexpected,                                    
 
Subtle juicy, earthy, green,
 
 
Now an addiction.
 
 

Raw Honey

Raw Honey 

©Jo Hewitt The Teal Mango 2017
                                    

It has been a year.                                 

Shall we again meet?

Shall we gather

In your city

Or would you rather

Mine?

Choose.

Either is fine.

Shall I bring chocolate

And pastry sweet?

Truffles perhaps,

Rosemary, Cayenne, or Lime?

Name the date.

Name the time.

Shall we talk of then or now?

Shall we talk, compare each different path?

Shall we give voice

To the aftermath

Of the why and how

Of each one’s choice,

Of our each different path?

Do you want coffee, tea, espresso?

“Oh, the tea” you might say.

“I guess so.”

For me,

I might choose the coffee.

It is long since my life,

My surroundings,

Afforded me the civility

Of the fragrance of tea.

 

Please, say again

Where shall we meet,

We three

To savor old times

With coffee or tea.

Shall it be your condo?

Or shall it be your

Backyard and pond

Beyond

Your screened porch?

Shall you, or shall I pour?

How much sugar does it take

To sweeten your tea?

One lump,

Two, three,

Four?

How many more?

You stop at three?

Lumps in life come differently.

I will decline the sweetener,

Real or artificial

As may be your habit

or your ritual.

I now drink mine

Bitter, a bit.

As we sip,

As we sit,

Shall my thoughts lead my mind

To the calm of the pond

Or beyond

And leave my ears behind

With your shallow prate?

I have no patience of late.

Nor time.

I do not understand

The reason or rhyme

Of your need

for shallow discourse.

Of course,

If I offer topics deep,

Me, again, will you berate

And claim I condescend?

Why?

Will I again

Need to defend

To you

My view,

My stance

On the current social brew

And circumstance of

Injustice,

Ignorance,

Bigotry and hate?

Perhaps you cannot fathom it

From your city,

Or this pond.

Yet,

Shall I regret,

Shall I reflect

My lack of circumspect

In what words I proffer?

Perchance,

If I were to offer

You honey raw,

A chance for healing,

(In sugar coating

There is none,

None at all)

Perchance,

In my defense,

If I were to coat your cup

And stir with your delusion,

And seclusion,

A picket from your

White middle class fence,

Would you drink it up?

Would you drink it all?

Could you stomach it raw?

Or would you choke

In the coat

Of feeling?

Swallowing the rawness

Is the healing.

 

It has been a year.

Shall we again meet,

We three?

I think not.

I have not time to savor tea.

Time is short.

Barely time for coffee.

We stand at the shore,

The brim,

Of the rim

Of a blackened sea.

The waves of the old ways,

Cresting, crashing

Have come,

To swallow us,

Bitterly.

 

 

Portrait of Miss Sinclair by William Orpen

Portrait of Miss Sinclair by William Orpen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fox and E.’s E. Grapes

©Jo Hewitt The Teal Mango 2017
The Fox and E.'s E. Grapes © Jo Hewitt 2017

The Fox and E.’s E. Grapes
© Jo Hewitt 2017


 

The Fox and E.’s E. Grapes

You said you’d heard I had a change in heart,

Maybe I would feel better now.

You said you had heard it from the grapevine.

You said your heart was okay,

Your heart was fine.

Did you ask me about mine?

 

What did The Fox say?

As he lured you over the vineyard trestle

To expose your nakedness

To his rakishness

To begin your writhing,

To wrestle,

To twist your morals,

Churning out the inside.

The emperor has new clothes-

His flaccid ethics.

Did you both his bloated corpulence ride?

 

To measure truth, reality, justice and ethics,

What are your metrics?

 

And yet,

Do you have regrets

As he filled your cistern with rancid wine?

Churn, twist and turn

On your mottled bed under the grape vine.

Day and night, night and day.

Did you listen, really listen to

What The Fox did say?

 

With your legs and mouth agape,

Did you ruminate on each

Rotten grape?

Did you swallow it all,

Each little green ball

Proffered on his spear’s length and girth?

What did The Fox say?

Did he promise The Garden’s rebirth,

Make new your own Gethsemane?

And what would that be?

It seems it’s a garden turned dark and gray.

But tell me, tell me,

What did the Fox say?

 

Were you complicit?

Were you complacent?

As the cross was broken for the Sacrament?

 

I call you out on your hypocrisy,

The modern world’s leprosy

Where the seekers of Truth

Are confined in the colony.

 

Did you choke on the soured green pearls you spewed

Askew,

In slouched protection from your

Paltry, pernicious pew?

 

You Pharisee,

Void of humane thought,

Vapid head.

Void.

Where years ago the Good Word fell

Screaming, silent, a knell

To a soul long dead.

 

What did The Fox say?

While, before, after

He mind-fucked your head

Fornicating, penetrating to

Your heart, your Soul,

Giving us all the shaft

 

All you say is:

“My heart is okay.

I worry about MY children, too.”

 

Yes,

Your blonde-haired, blue eyed babes

Who will never experience the

Bludgeoning hate of a bigot’s rage.

 

My heart is fine. My heart is okay.”

Again you nurse your whine

Blood letting whine of malice.

You drink from a long tarnished chalice,

Gloating, your spiritual body bloating,

Seeping, ooze of ignorance.

Dare I say, dare I pray for your temperance?

 

Cease and Desist

 

Resist

The call of The Fox

As he mocks

The Word, turned to bitter brine.

 

This is absurd.

 

Again your whine.

 

Would we be safer

With your Holy Wafer,

A thin stale slice.

Dried up infectious staph of death,

Not life.

Do we warrant a few crumbs

To ease the strife?

 

Do we have a choice?

Do you have and

Will you use your voice?

Do you even have your own thought?

 

I thought naught.

 

In this sordid play

Will you only believe and do

Whatever The Fox will say?

 

You laid your soul upon this perverted alter.

You did not falter

As YOU drained it of life.

What else has died,

What else is dead?

You lay back on your grape leaf bed,

Your legs wide

Spread.

 

This is not a game.

 

Do you think your leaf of fig

Will hide

your shame?

Your holy leaf,

Gold leaf,

Old,

Tattered,

Torn,

Is now our crown of thorns.

 

Your lips, lowered, spread wide,

A bloody smile,

Blood of my children, my friends.

With each thrust of The Fox

Another destructive beginning

Which never ends.

All the while

You writhe under The Fox and whine

My heart is okay. My heart is fine.”

 

Did you ask ME how I feel

Is my heart okay?

 

My heart may never heal

As I breathe

In the stench of your spiritual decay

And of your Judas vote.

 

One thing more I must note,

One thing more needs be said,

 

“Let the dead

Bury the dead.”

 

 

 

Lion Tree

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2017

The SSB Drever and I caught a quick walk in Ellenberger Park under a shifting umbrella window of blue in a gray, rain ripening sky. I have watched the deterioration and transformation of felled and fallen trees. Today this one looked like a lion stretched out under a stand of young, watching trees in dandelion dotted grass.

 

Lion Tree

 
standing tall

 

and free

 

tree used to be.

 

how from fell or fall

 

now lyin’ tree.

 

i came upon thee.

 

from branch and bough

 

new to be

 

from death life endow

 

transforming-

 

inspiring,

 

lion tree,

 

dandy lion

 

in grassy sea

 

lyin’ lion tree.

 

Lyin' Lion Tree © Jo Hewitt 2017 Death and transformation in  a city park.

Lyin’ Lion Tree ©Jo Hewitt 2017
Death and transformation in a city park.

© Jo Hewitt THE TEAL MANGO, 2016

The Secret In the Snow

 He gave P-Nut one last hug and one last whisper, “Hurry!”

He gave P-Nut one last hug and one last whisper, “Hurry!” From The Secret In the Snow © Jo Hewitt 2016

 

Asher and Parisa had spent the day searching for the Secret in the Snow, from the last twinkle of the Morning Star until the Sun, tired of climbing higher and higher, leading them and their dog P-Nut through the snow covered meadows and wooded areas to  the hidden opening of the cave where the Rainbow Fish swam on summer days, decided it would stop and begin the trek back to the world on the other side of night. It was then, when they had carefully stepped inside the cave they saw it. It was amazing like nothing they had seen before.

The snow had followed them. It’s foot steps getting bigger and bigger to match the shadow it was leaving on the land. They wanted Mommy and Daddy to see the cave and the secret inside. But if they left now, the Snow would hide the opening to the cave forever and ever. They decided to stay, to guard the opening to the cave and its magic. They would send P-Nut back to get Mommy and Daddy, to bring them to the cave with the Secret.

Parisa kept watch on the growing Snow as Asher whispered into P-Nut’s ear, “Go get Mommy and Daddy! Bring them here.”

He gave P-Nut one last hug and one last whisper, “Hurry!”

And then they waited.

 

 

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