“Potential” by Ken Gierke

Cornflower, pale
at first glance, seems
royal blue against
a barn's weathered gray.
Scheherazade, soft
and muted, rises to a crescendo,
Nikolai’s vision dancing
in your mind.
Lips brush the cheek of a child
or an elder with comfort
and respect, yet become sensuous
in a lover's embrace.
Vanilla on the tongue
squanders its aroma,
teasing the palate until it
finally swims in sweetness,
refined and tapped,

Copyright © 2023 Ken Gierke
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Transplanted from Western New York, Ken Gierke has lived in Missouri since 2012. His love for nature, fostered by the Niagara River, continues in Missouri and is often featured in his poetry. His writing has appeared as a micro-chapbook from Origami Poems Project, as well as in several print anthologies, including three from Vita Brevis Press and those edited by d. ellis phelps, Susi Bocks and Colleen Chesebro. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming both in print and online in such places as MasticadoresUSA, Ekphrastic Review, Amethyst Review, Silver Birch Press, and The Gasconade Review. Glass Awash, his poetry collection published by Spartan Press (2022), featuring such poems as Potential and Ageless, is a journey from loss to recovery. More of his poetry can be found at his website: https://rivrvlogr.com/

A review of Ken’s debut poetry collection Glass Awash

Featured Image: from Wikipedia

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

MasticadoresUSA is open for submssions. Send your submissions to meelosmom@gmail.com.

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

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12 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. Thank you, Barbara, for featuring my poem and for your continued support.

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you, Ken, for your submissions! We appreciate you and your exquisitely crafted poetry!

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  2. lots of texture and flavor in your poem Ken! Congratulations! ❣️

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  3. michnavs dice:

    I adore the play up of words ..i can almost taste the vanilla.🌹

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is a great piece. I love the way you break down simple things whose impact is not simple. Great writing and loving piece, truly enjoyed this. Hugs and blessings for the rest of your week Ken. Joni

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  5. Eugenia dice:

    Stunning piece, Ken! Beautifully placed imagery and I love your play on words. Bravo!

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  6. Ali Grimshaw dice:

    Beautifully worded. The opening stanza is especially striking.

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