I Don't Need Riches (Wealthy Spirit)I Don’t Need Riches (Wealthy Spirit)I Don't Need Riches (Wealthy Spirit)2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms
I don’t ask to drown in riches,
I ask for wealth of spirit.
On UnfurlingFor the world, I paste petalsOn Unfurling4 years ago in Free Verse
to my lips - leak nectar
and let them drink.
I laugh, a lion's satisfied roar
& stretch myself into shapes
that impress, leave them too perplexed
to acknowledge what he demands of me:
Stitch marks where my exaggerations
proved too fantastic; acid gurgling
in each labored inhalation; a cracked
& bleeding mouth which cannot frown
until granted permission -a gift he presents unwrapped
as though it were simple, ordinary.
As though I did not need it
the way a raindrop dives toward land
spreads itself lovingly upon the leaf
and dissolves into something stronger,
potent, more beautiful than it knows.