Happy Valentine’s Day!






Five poems for Valentine’s Day


Falling

From The Consequence of Wings
By Annette Marie Hyder

Falling in love with you
is like throwing myself
into the arms of the night
and I am afraid
of the dark
unknown.

But there is the promise
of moonlight
and trees and grasses stirred
by your breeze.
There are white pillows
fat with dreams

and the thought that when you turn
your face to me at last
it will be morning that looks at me
with nighttime’s promise behind the blinds
of your almond shaped eyes.


Oh what’s the rush
?
Annette Marie Hyder
Previously published in Poems Niederngasse
 

I guess you think
if you don’t cage the bird
that it will fly away

take its soft throat
Valkyrie winds
somewhere
you can’t follow.

Don’t you know
that birds love you
and that flight and heaven
mean nothing
without you?


A Fairy Tale Come True
From The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow
By Annette Marie Hyder

(Pipe)


You, the Pied Piper of Hamlin
to my words, lure, entice.
They come, the children of my thoughts
running-tumbling-skipping at your call
dash through the heavily guarded portcullis

of my mouth
and just like in the story
they are gone–I can’t take them back.

 
(Prick)
 
I pricked my finger
on the spindle of your tongue
and now my common sense is heavy lidded
my intuition sleeps.
All the while, breadcrumbs are being pecked
by birds with pin-top shiny eyes
and a ball of twine recoils upon itself
.
 
(Snap!)
 
Here’s another story:
My gingerbread heart
ran and ran and ran singing
You can’t catch me. Nobody can.
The clever fox of your hands
promised to carry it to safety–
holds it still
in glad-handed jaw grip
.


Tanka
Annette Marie Hyder
Previously published in Haiku Hut

Dandelion fluff
snows against hot summer panes
delicate flurries.

Unbanked, memories of you
thaw, rushing melt of longing.


 
Here are my emotions
Annette Marie Hyder
Previously published in The Green Tricycle

presented as presents of words.
I’ve cut and tucked and taped the edges
bow-tied these boxes
with fancy, curling, ribbed and shiny

sentences just for you.

Careful how you open them.
Save the wrapping.

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