By: Janelle Finamore
Blue Cotton Candy
The day dissolves in my mouth like cotton candy finding it’s peaceful end
Hesitant to believe that this never ending day would actually conclude
Trapped in a permanent wet tongue
Down slimy throat, intestinal shame
A life of toilet and drains and shit water!?
When it had once been so light, so airy, so sugary sweet.
And so pretty.
Once so cheap and disease-less
Warless and free.
As the dog
slept on the bed
I crouched down
and tried to kiss him
but he snapped
At my nose
and I pulled away
buried my head
into the pillow of
freshly made bed
As you sat
on the couch
in my living room
I moved my lips
into the light of
As the dentist
scraped my teeth
with a smile
whiter than mine
to brush the front
then the back
so my teeth
will be as bright
Her ears clanged with his categorical righteousness
Uncalmed by his frozen thoughts and outright blunders, she searched for tender minutes.
Eviscerated freedom, hours of blindness.
Staring into the face of a country in danger of losing its integrity by six feet.
A nation six feet away from normalcy.
Six feet where you can’t see or hear.
Six feet where you can’t feel or touch.
Six feet where you can’t kiss.
Six feet where you can’t live.
But less than one foot away, was this shouting pandemonium, long finger disapprovingly shaking its head at her.
She vomited the tornado that was bubbling inside of her and he was swept away.
But her ears would forever clang.
Janelle Finamore is a musician, poet, teacher, and fiction writer located in Orange County, CA. Most recently, her work will appear in “Sad Girls” in September.
She was Poet of the Month for Moon Tide Press and her fairy tale “The Girl Who Stuck Out Like a Sore Thumb” was published in Bohemia magazine. Her poem “Space Shop” was also published.
Her poems were also featured in Poet Magazine online and the Academy of the Heart and Mind. Janelle’s writing is inspired by the beat poets as evinced in her self-published chapbook “The Power of Silly Putty and Lipstick Kisses”, available on Amazon. She has featured her book in poetry venues in California including The Ugly Mug in Orange and many more.