Lone Bones

By Glenna Luschei and Eric Greinke

  1. THE GREAT MISTAKE

Everyone I knew liked to submit poems there.

 

  1. “ENERGY IS ETERNAL DELIGHT” (Blake)

      No one knew the rock was hollow.

 

  1. REMINDER

      The pines whispered secrets all night.

 

  1. CLOSING TIME

      Thoughts of you bring smiles to me.

 

  1. EXTREME SPORTS

      You may owe a late enrollment penalty.

 

  1. A SIMPLE WISH

      Could you please email me directions?

 

  1. THE RUMOR

     Cyclers and surfers are welcome on board with bikes and boards.

 

  1. THE MAIN ARGUMENT

      Big trout suspend in pools of love.

 

  1. THE DEAD PART

      Everyone at the premiere knew it was bad.

 

10.  FASHION RACE IN LAS VEGAS

       The transformation was immediate.

 

  1. IN THE THICK OF IT

      Seven swans staked a territory.

 

  1. BRICKS SINKING IN DEEP WATER

       I had my hands to myself.

 

  1. CHAPTER TWO

       We loved the clairvoyant moonlight.

 

  1. LIVES IN LIMBO

       The apple cider had fermented.

 

  1. VIVE LA FRANCE

       Swords were integral to the decor.

 

  1. TABLES FOR TWO

       The road was littered with rocks.

 

  1. SPECIAL INVITATION

      A red-tailed hawk wheeled above us.

 

  1. PREDESTINATION

We sidestepped some people who were selling tour-bus tickets.

 

  1. SAD CAFE

I miss Hugh more than I ever thought possible.

 

  1. MAZE OF LOVE

I hear myself speaking to my grandchildren as my grandmother spoke to me.

 

  1. PRENUPTIAL

It would be great if that artist died in his studio.

 

  1. BAD DREAM

As a preferred client, your tax return appointment has been given priority.

 

  1. STANDARD FARE

As soon as you read her fiction, Ferrante’s restraint seems wisely self protective.

 

  1. IMPLOSION

As typing increasingly eclipses handwriting, will our humanity disappear?

 

  1. VICTORY

This is a smoke-free facility.

 

  1. THE ROCKIES

We knew them at their peak.

 

  1. THE DRAW

We have outlived all of them.

 

  1. EACH PAGE A WORK OF ART

Every pencil in the drawer was dull.

 

  1. ONCE UPON A TIME

Our tryst was filtered by a champagne dawn.

 

  1. MAMA MIA!

All it needed was a little salt.

 

  1. CREATE A TRANQUIL SANCTUARY

        The creek water was clear & cold.

 

  1. MAN AND MACHINE

        They sold the farm & retired to town.

 

  1. CLIFFHANGERS

        The earthquake was inconvenient.

 

  1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

        She dreamed of snow-capped cedars.

 

  1. A VISIT TO COLUMBUS CIRCLE

        All we knew was meadow.

 

  1. CLOWN MUSEUM

       The cat’s eyes were the only source of light.

 

  1. OLD BONES

       At last the tie was broken.

 

  1. DIEHARD

Gamers Eric and Glenna strive for that epic win.

 

  1. BIG FUN

All day I’ve been watching the coneflowers.

 

  1. JIMMY THE GREEK

He dropped anchor like a pro.

 

  1. ALL WE KNEW

Jacaranda petals blanket a narrow stretch of highway.

 

  1. LOST HORIZONS

        You know how sometimes our bodies aren’t ours.

 

  1. WEIGHT OF TIME

Shelves in my kitchen bear antique rose cups.

 

  1. MIDLIFE CRISIS

I am a foreigner here.

 

  1. THE SAD TRUTH

In a dream muddy water is a sign of death.

 

  1. WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?

        Avoid burial in a storm.

 

  1. NOSTALGIA FOR THE INFINITE

        Where blue songs warm the shallows.

 

  1. INTO THE SILENCE

         Polar wind penetrated my chest.

 

  1. THE STORY OF A FATHER

         The inevitable set-up was underway.

 

  1. THE NEW BOOM IN CELEBRITY PHILANTHROPY

         It was the longest nightmare ever.

 

  1. LOOKING GOOD

        Laughter bubbled over the rapids.

 

  1. ROYAL FLUSH

        There was no exit, no escape.

 

  1. PEACE OF MIND

        The canyons were filled with flowers.

 

  1. THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE

        I couldn’t turn away.

 

  1. CULTURAL TREASURE

        Her rose tattoo said it all.

 

  1. COMPLIMENTARY MASSAGE

        It was all an elaborate ritual.

 

  1. WHAT DID WE TELL YOU?

        The love child was out of control.

 

  1. SUPPLY LINE

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors.

 

  1. BORROWED GLORY

Ossian was still regarded as the Celtic Homer.

 

  1. THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. (Margaret Mead).

 

  1. LOST LOVE

The group stood at 26 members.

 

  1. THE DISTANT SHORE

For me, the motif is the starting point, not the end.

 

  1. MARGIN CALL

Still, she’d rather be shot..

 

  1. ZOO CHILD

Beansie is the third bear to have escaped.

 

  1. SANITY CLAUSE

I can’t do it.

 

  1. INSPIRATION

I reach into the bag and pull out an old revolver.

 

  1. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

If you have no god, make some.

 

  1. BREAKAPART

When he was with her, he became a ghost.

 

  1. HOLDING THE SHOULDER

We were still twenty miles from Boston!

 

  1. PLENTY OF MEAT

It was the birth of a movement.

 

  1. HAWKS OF FATE

Rats ruined the arrangements.

 

  1. EXIT THE PROFESSOR

He loved her like a name brand.

 

  1. WARNED

What reasonable person could refuse?

 

  1. CARGO

Inside the egg was a tiny suitcase.

 

  1. RECOMMENDED FOR DAILY USE

They were all donut crazy.

 

  1. A STEP BACK IN TIME

The peonies and asters formed a band.

 

  1. THE MUMMY’S GHOST

Only the brave will ever know.

 

  1. SUMMER DREAM

I loved the snow flurries.

 

  1. EMOTIONAL REQUIREMENT

        Kindly proceed to the front desk for packaging supplies.

 

  1. DARKNESS AT NOON

Don’t forget the time change!

 

  1. SEIZE THE CARP

There’s never a better time.

 

  1. POLITICS AS USUAL

Suite rates are per night, plus tax.

 

  1. LOVE MONKEYS

But we needed the eggs.

 

  1. THE GESTURE

I have requested delivery.

 

  1. THE DUH FACTOR

We are both of legal drinking age.

 

  1. PLENTY OF NOTHING

There’s nothing like Maine lobster.

 

  1. UNIVERSAL TRUTH

We must hold to what we cherish.

 

  1. OH BOY

The sun shouted joy.

 

  1. DRINKING ON SUNDAY

Strangers lack the intimate touch.

 

  1. THE IMPOSSIBLE RHYME

He saw time wind into a bind.

 

  1. AN EDUCATION

An emerald beetle glistened briefly.

 

  1. MORE OF THE SAME

The pines whispered new rumors.

 

  1. SPEED OF LIGHT

Even the dock shook in the quake.

 

  1. ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Carbohydrates defeated Napoleon.

 

  1. ONION BREATH

The spies were excited by the odor.

 

  1. SOMEONE MISSING OUT

It was the only love triangle in their circle.

 

  1. GOT A LIGHT?

Wax dripped from the sky all day.

 

  1. GRECIAN FORMULA

Samson’s haircut was the worst.

 

  1. THE WINNER

A tiny sparrow brought the news.

 

  1. COAL MINES

The whole country was a mental suburb.

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Glenna Luschei is a poet laureate of San Luis Obispo city and county. She is now celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Solo Press. She enjoys working with Eric Greinke and has five books published from his Presa Press.

 

Eric Greinke has two new Presa Press books scheduled for 2016, Poets In Review (a collection of forty-six reviews written from 1972 to the present) and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems with Glenna Luschei (which includes Lone Bones, published in this issue of Forge for the first time).  www.ericgreinke.com


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