Mikki Aronoff | 3 poems

Mourning Desaru

Ahead, the guide forages, trudges head down.

We travel from that same sweltering outpost,
take turns overtaking each other, tread
steadfast on the trail that veers 
so purposefully to the right.  

Stoneless path.

A ferry of weathered planks 
awaits our plodding cortège, 
threatens with heaving nods and bows 
on sea-swells of thick green.

A storm of motion:
packed palms, fronds dark as crocodiles;
endless pineapple, crowns sweet and gold.
Ratoons crook their offshoots as
durian inhabits my nostrils, throat,
clogs my pores, my sense of direction.

My eyes, skin struggle to locate edges 
of the land, the sea, the hem of my skirt, the curve of my wrist.

Black earth packs around my ankles.
My toes root 


Emptying at Twilight

Mother loops into              
herself, fold upon fold
hands no longer 

necessary.  It is twilight
and she whispers 
to me as I bend to hear

i’m emptying
gathering memories
letting them go

The sky softly fades.
Her last breath
comes later

but not much
as the sun billows        
above the horizon.

Her head and thin body
curve towards it.
I see the sheets    

she so perfectly matched
corner to corner
end to end.

I Dress Up for the Circus
come to me
he motions

let me twist your scarf 
it’s cold outside

the sun
seven nights gone

purrs my husband 
tucking in my tails

turns my body ‘round
three times

clucks as he takes 
my hand, leads me 

out to our tiny car
later in the tent 


mikki_aronoffMikki Aronoff, a member of the NM State Poetry Society, has poems in House of Cards: Ekphrastic Poetry, Rolling Sixes Sestinas: an Anthology of Albuquerque Poets, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, The Lake, 3Elements Review, in the Love & Ensuing Madness Collection of Rat’s Ass Review, Silver Birch Press, EastLit, Legends & Monsters, Rise Up Review, and forthcoming in Trumped!. Retired, she finds herself dancing with words and pictures and is also involved in animal advocacy.

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