Thursday, June 14, 2012

"First Draft"

words     
scratched out   
circled   
jotted to the side   
in the margins   
illusive thoughts   
vanishing   
into mists   
never taking form   
mistakes   
creating   
transforming     
white noise  
into harmony   

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“Crunching Numbers”


 










All the monthly numbers line up as pretty as can be.   
Adding and subtracting, calculating effortlessly.   
Projecting into the future, making a studied plan.   
Predicting misadventures—like when the shit hits the fan.   
The broken pipe that floods the house, and then the leaking      roof   
join up with the shredded tire, and united stand in proof   
that budgets act as guidelines, and can’t always be obeyed.   
The surprising ups and downs of Life just get in the way.   

Copyright 2012 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman