’til death do we part

a semi driver blew his airhorn
in celebration of the formally
attired wedding party joyously
gathered near the town fountain

my eyes startled opened and I
saw all the beautiful black skin
I had missed while distracted by
the bride’s flowing white dress

Cinse Bonino
2022…

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sizzling bacon
triggers memories
of childhood weekend
pancake breakfasts

a whiff of my own
stale coffee breath
brushes my cheek
with my father’s kiss

my bowels transport
me back to the door
I mistakenly opened
surprising Grandma

Cinse Bonino
2022

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feeling stranded

notice how Mama starts
with the tangles at the end
most people want to go back
to the roots but take care of
what’s right here in this place
to start gently teasing apart
what has become mixed up
it will provide a way to smooth
out instead of smoothing over
everything will be put in order
with only small amounts of pain
and yes there will be losses
along the way in the basin and
maybe strewn upon the floor
what’s been lost cannot be
put back it no longer belongs
new growth will take its place

Cinse Bonino
2022

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I heard a group of geese headed for warmer weather
even though the calendar says summer’s still here.
They’re probably a get-to-the-airport-early kind of gaggle.

Many of us choose to leave lovers before they leave us.
They say you should quit while you’re ahead and step
down when you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career.

Lactic acid gives our muscle the energy to react quickly.
Latent fears and hungry hopes can add to this cocktail
urging us to sprint mindlessly towards who knows what.

Cinse Bonino
2022

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Cinse Bonino

Cinse Bonino

Cinse, a former professor with a background in the psychology of human learning, writes nonstop, and is addicted to capturing the human experience in words.