Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 30: Get Ready for National Poetry Month!

Remember April is Poetry Month. Check back frequently for poems from our featured poet Rick Bonner and other poets during the month of April. If you would like your poem featured at The Author’s Hideaway, please send your poem and your name to All poems must be clean and void of profanity. Check out the National Poetry Month website to find poetry events during the month of April and poetry month events near you. 

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. Click here to receive a free Poetry Month Poster. 

Magnolia Walls
by Rick Bonner

Magnolia walls stand to impassive attention,
Observing in silence each jealous intention.
The past has been painted with a clinical sheen,
Concealing lives that are not what they seems.

Smiles at the party playing host to their friends,
The perfect example of a love that never ends?
Dancing the tango, they rise to the occasion,
While onlookers gasp, 'They're such a sensation!'

Magnolia walls like false skin over plaster,
Is having sex with the enemy a natural disaster?
Obscuring dark realities from intrusive eyes,
They face family and friends with a slither of lies.

The time bomb ticks with each wound and scar.
From slurred drunken brawls by their built in bar.
Is there hope for redemption beyond bitter blame?
Or a way to end, their cruel tit-for-tat games?

Magnolia walls antiseptic and new,
Covering raw anger in a hellish red hue.
The appearance of perfection hides intolerable spite,
And baffles the observer to their unfulfilled plight. 

Once they were truly and hopelessly in love,
When those wild steamy nights were never enough.
Did their desire to appease the expectation of others,
Destroy the romance of two passionate lovers?

Magnolia walls surrounding each night,
But it takes more than a paintbrush to make things right.
Has the pain been too harsh for a reconnection,
Or will love find a pathway back home to affection. 

So is it possible for two to start again?
Go back to those days when they were more than friends?
Now they race to the bedroom by the upstairs hall,
And renew their bitter sweet bonds beneath magnolia walls

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