Sparkle in eyes; flowers tight in his hand
He risked it all to display deep feelings.
Life is tapestry of up and down plans.
Desires are rockets that break ceilings.
Notes hover piano; music unborn.
Stutter on paper excitement shrinking.
Coast like anger on a bus that is scorn.
Found a ditch in the center of thinking.
She asked, which came first grape or vine?
Can armed questions over take mystery?
Hidden ignorance breed the stinging-unkind.
Planted the riddle sprung from history.
Never risk what you're unwilling to lose.
A hole-in-the-heart is a space some choose.
© 2017 Beverly M. Collins
Beverly M. Collins; author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary Thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic, is one of three prize winners for the California State Poetry Society 2012 yearly competition. Her work has appeared in Poetry Speaks! Year of Great Poems and Poets (Calendar), California Quarterly, JOMP 19, Altadena Poetry Review and many other publications. In 2015, Beverly M. was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her work that appears in Rubicon: Words & Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Collins was born in Delaware and grew up in New Jersey.