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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 as a percussive voice either as a soloist reading at poetry events or with jazz musicians when sitting in “on poem.” Her mentor, Beat poet/hipster tedjoans shared his “Jazz is my religion” griot philosophy; today Lee carries this legacy forward. From San Antonio TX and Asheville NC, Lee creates multimedia poetry archived at Soundcloud and VIMEO, and blogs about exceptional jazz poets at Facebook’s Jazz Ovation Inn. Lee’s writing appears in recent anthologies: Rapture; Beat-itude; Weary Blues; Poets Facing the Wall; Descansos.
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