Thank you to Lynne Thompson and Patricia Smith for accepting this poem in Spillway #29. Get your copies here!
Watch my videohaku, Liminal Life 1, on Thrush Poetry Journal, November 2011 issue. (Thank you, Thrush <3 )
Be sure to check out all the poetry on Thrush. It’s a terrific publication. So happy to be included. 🙂
New series of haiku poems on artist trading cards–Ice Cream Haiku! 🙂
This form is called Haiga – the Japanese concept of combining poetry and simple pictures.
2021 mixed media/poems by Kimberly Esslinger
I am full of listening.
Brittle with more.
Weak rooted. Rotted.
Rot from the inside.
Do you hear me when I stop listening.
When it spills out.
When it spoils.
Last night in the mountains the stars dimmed.
It was clouds clouds clouds
And I was wondering if you touched my hand
would it be enough to stop the noise inside of me?
The righteous chattering
of caws and crows.
The dry thin air pumping my heart full
Eating dinner. Trying to find conversation.
You took me to a corner in a crowded cafeteria and ate silently.
The life of the party. The silent wife.
She says, I feel like you want something I’m not giving you.
previously printed Artemis Journal, 2018