Two Poems by Timothy Hudenburg






promise & debris

remember friend
we are fallen
though nature has kept her word

you set your sails
freedom you believed
was the ability to move, maneuver

what the word meant
set apart from this world
center mass towards a setting sun

fear though on the surface
a wish for excess and emptiness
pile of slipping sand in your dainty hand

meanwhile you tan in a flimsy floral bikini
provocative in posture
neither love nor loved

and wear a tiara down to dinner
–whether cast with diamond or thorn
was anyone’s guess

time to time

old to new
new to old
and you–

You are you.
We need you.
You need you.

who desired you most

T. M. Hudenburg is a writer who has grown up and is still growing with the great DelMarVa region. This piece is a bit of a talisman in our age of anxiety. Everyone is valuable, especially you. Lest we forget it or heaven forbid you.

Image: Villy Fink Isaksen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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