Friday, 30 April 2021

Full Bowls

by Jeannie E. Roberts

tossed penny efforts / thrown tokens / cast 
crumbs / lobbed toward heap / hurled toward 
sum / flung bits of sugar / slung scraps of cake 
launched to assuage / pacify / abate / unleash 
abundance / surrender veneer / offer compassion 
reject fear / unmask emotion / shed worn-out 
ways / relinquish control / embrace play / lean 
toward unknowns / turn narratives around 
notice things sideways / beneath / upside down 
lift walls of silence / fill bowls rimmed in light 
nourish / enliven / when day is done / hearten 
tossed tokens / awaken thrown crumbs

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Jeannie E. Roberts lives in an inspiring setting near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where she writes, draws and paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings. She’s authored four poetry collections and two children's books. As If Labyrinth - Pandemic Inspired Poems is forthcoming in May 2021 from Kelsay Books. She’s listed in Poets & Writers and is poetry reader and editor of the online literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs. To learn more, please visit

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