Three Poems by Leslie Dianne

soft cartel may 2018

Dayrise

Dayrise
is a tempest

You race through the dark
tear through the haunted space
win the battle with
sleepy eyes

Open
there is nothing to fear
it was only a bad dream

Yes,
you are
still here

Shhh…

Shhh….
Stop talking

So many words
rivers and moons of meaning
pulling up ribbons of the past and
decorating the table

My coffee too bitter with the taste of your past
my tea sickly sweet with the sighs of who you used to love

I think you should shut up
look around
and let the silence
in your eyes tell me
what I need to know

That you see me
I am here
and they are gone

A Man Asked

A man asked if I could sing
if I could carry a tune
or hum a verse
steal a hummingbird
swallow it and
absorb its song
could I take the lap of the wave
and slow it down
could I tell one raindrop from another
and catch one on my tongue
could I walk to the edge of
the sky
and let go
could I ever come
back from a broken heart
if you mend
me with love
I just might

Leslie McGriff (Leslie Dianne) is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama, ETC in New York City. Her stage plays have been presented in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and The Lamb’s Theatre.  Her screenplay, Strivers Row, was chosen as a finalist in the Urban World Screenwriting Competition and she was commissioned to write a children’s play that toured the New York City public schools. She holds a BA in French Literature. 

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