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The Ten
Commandments
of Creative
Women

by Anne Marie Mackler

Embarrassed and sure
you will fail
or find scorn

where you enter,
you seal your leaky self-
esteem with Ziploc bravado
and face another day

another storm.

 
Scene Between Lines
by Ober-Rae Starr

But the rigid sleeves
of your mackintosh make
your gait teeter
like a buoy
with a splash
you realize
you have forgotten
your galoshes.
Again.

The mercury flickers
in the slender column
of the barometer you use
to measure your time.
Like the balmy warning
before a monsoon rain
your poise, your pressure
are reliable only
in their brevity;
your talent bounces
as moody, and as startling,
as El Niņo.

Wearied by the imperfect balance
of fearing success and failure
equally
you crumble
with each opportunity.
Like hail on a thirsty road
you dissolve into the dust
of acquiescence
of mediocrity.

You wear your vulnerability
with welcome,
and although you're weary,
you will never beg
for the praise you await,
you simply dream of closing
your broken umbrella,
and absorbing
the sky's soft promise
even if it's as dim
as lightning
in a neighboring town.


Anne Marie Mackler, originally from Detroit, Michigan, has worked in non-profit business administration for many years. She lives with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona, and she writes poetry as often as career and family will allow, however her muse is never far away. She is very fortunate to belong to the Women of Wednesday Night, a tremendous women writers group based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her poetry has appeared in several journals published in the southwest.

E-mail Anne Marie at: amrj@infomagic.net

 

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