Mass, Shooting, God, Guns

At the shopping mall
where she bought the onesie
for her sweet little niece,
five people were shot.
She wonders who would do such a thing
– and why?
Just the day before, she walked
by that same cosmetics counter
to the Children’s Department,
spotted the rack of pink,
saw the embroidery,
“Lock up your sons, my daddy has guns.”
Had it boxed and gift wrapped.
Something is wrong with the world, she thinks,
then kneels down to pray.

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POEM ©2017, Jen Payne


Clearly dropped
and otherwise,
the remains of what was
draped backwards
on a branch
in the misty
morning woods,
nothing spared
but bones.
Macabre perhaps
but fascinating
enough to
step deep
into the thicket
for a closer look,
a prayer of passing,
and conjecture
at the what and how
it came to be there.
Wonder at the mysteries
we will never solve –
how its life force left
and indeed
how might ours?

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BOOK REVIEW: Beverley Baird Reviews Evidence of Flossing

“These are definitely poems to ponder, with words and images to reflect on. Payne gives us poetry that moves us, challenges our perceptions and inspires us to look deeper into our place in the world and what our legacy can or should be. Evidence of Flossing is well worth the read – and one you will revisit over and over again.” — Beverly Baird, Teacher

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Photo ©2017, Jen Payne from the book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

BOOK REVIEW: Nicole Pyles Reviews Evidence of Flossing

“I was so impressed with this book. It conveyed a beauty and yet sadness at the same time. I could sense the spiritual struggle within the poetry and a reflection of the world around (and the masks society often puts forward). This book is definitely a conversation piece and I can’t wait to share it with others.” — Nicole Pyles, World of My Imagination

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Photo ©2017, Jen Payne from the book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

Words, Crazy Words Reviews Evidence of Flossing

“Payne’s other work as an essayist is evident in many of the narrative poems. Strong sense of place and point of view carry the individual poems as a cohesive whole. This collection is one I will turn to again and again. I anticipate greater appreciation for this thoughtful collection each time.” – Tara Huck, Words, Crazy Words

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9 – Moon Haiku

the blue moon / full moon

but for the first bird awake

silent smile, makes no sound

Photo: Full moon over Grant Tetons. Photo and Poem ©2018, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month 2018, #9. If you like this photo and poem, then pick up a copy of my new book EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND today! CLICK HERE