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Not So Good Bones | Contrasts | Essence of Rose | Grandmother

Not So Good Bones

an ancient monastery vault in Switzerland

human bones and teeth bought at a store in SoHo
specify your needs pay our price we’ll get you anything:

scapulae, claviculae, vertebrae, ribs
the strangely fused sacrum, the coccyx
the tiny little brittle bones of the hand
fat femurs and tibiae
slender fibulae
solid heel bones
brown molars and incisors
an array of calcification
laid out on plain wooden tables the Shakers could have made

© MPJ, 2002 – After visiting Jenny Holzer’s
exhibition at Kartause Ittingen, Sept/Oct 1996

Contrasts 

october
grey dreary
shiny golden curtains
sombre line
sudden orange on black-brown

paper smoothness
under slender limbs
balcony
fading daisies

spread wings
orange flashing on black-brown
northward-dipping
turning south
light
eaves
gone

© MPJ, Berne, 2002

Essence of Rose

deep, dark red
endless-seeming stem
perfect but drooping head
bejewelled –
rejected
condemned –
garbage

compulsion
to salvage
restore to former glory

hours later
glowing velvet head
still droops
atop much shortened stem –

another useless attempt –

© MPJ 2002

The Grandmother

Sitting in her wheelchair by the table
Wispy-haired
Skin near transparent
Her puckered jaws working on food
Whose taste or texture have become irrelevant
Nodding off from time to time
Ensconced in the greater silence
Now her hearing has gone

Still in her lucid moments
She’ll cast her mind back
To when she had nothing –

It made her ungenerous in everything
Except her smile
That beams at visitors
Whom she greets like strangers
When they catch her eye

Among them all her daughter matters most
And her daughter’s daughters
And their daughters again –
Their faces she does remember
And when they come she proudly
Calls them by their names
Remembering the little hand that
Held her life
And helped her get through wartime famine.


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The creative-writing.ch Showcase section features writings by several workshop participants. The following authors all have their separate pages:

Anne Buerki

Milena Diviani

Alan Greiner

Lucy Hay

Matt Kimmich

Sara Probst

Matthias Rüegger

Sripriya Sitaraman

Hans-Jürg Suter

Brigit Zogg