Santa Please Stop Here by Catherine Lee at Spillwords.com

Santa Please Stop Here

Santa Please Stop Here

written by: Catherine Lee

 

We were speaking
of transition
You asked, of my previous lover
“Was it difficult then to continue being friends?”
“No. . . but I was not in love with him.”

A simple answer, honest
suspended on phone cord like
a pristine Christmas ball
A beauty
You noticed
sputtered something about not knowing
as if it made a difference

Hours have passed
time enough for you
to consider and
conclude it was a brilliant
turn of phrase
a calculated parry
ploy to grab you
different balls
final silent remnant of a ritual
sorry as discarded balsam on a curb
with tattered tinsel garland
still attached

Jazzcat

Jazzcat

Catherine Lee explores poetry’s percussive jazz voice and social change activism by reading solo and performing with improvising musicians “on poem.” Since 1976, Lee’s multifaceted writing has appeared in small press publications and anthologies, both in print and online. Lee collaborates with media artists to create crossover educational works that traverse thought boundaries. Her annotated jazz-related poetry was featured in the July 2020 "Music" Issue 5 of Northampton Poetry Review, pages 63-74. Multimedia poetry, documentary videos, and radio specials are archived on Soundcloud and VIMEO. She blogs about notable musical/poetic collaborations on Facebook/Jazz Ovation Inn, and markets writing/editing services on Cat at Jazz Ovation Inn.
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