Joanna Gilman Hyde

"Good Morning, World!"

RESPITE

The Hawk Queen Bed 2:45pm

Here I am on The Hawk Queen Bed

with Hunter, The Cats

and The Birds through the windows —

I can hear The Surf, distantly

and the fog has cleared

leaving rays of light

on My Wadded Up Bathrobe

set aside

M(EYE) WORLD

The Hawk Queen Bed 2:22pm

Yesterday I made a loaf of bread

today I spent the day in bed

it matters not what song I sing

it’s with My Heart

the words I bring

I see My Self in a future far

away so long to reach a star

like Don Quixote

I’m sure to be

and down I’ll go

in History

A MOTHER’S PRAYER

The Tomato-coloured Couch 1:30pm

Not so long ago

I breast fed You, My Babies

and now You’re out West

planting trees, sleeping in trailers —

please have no truck

with bears or coyotes

have fun making lots of money

and stay safe

My Little Dear Ones

TRUSTING YOUTH

The Hawk Kitchen Outpost 12:50pm

When I was a strapping girl

in a swim suit

I pushed My Fearful Brother

off the bow of Our Mother’s Molly

and He yelled at me

from the splashing water —

“What’d ya do that

for Joanna!”

VEILED PICTURE

The Hawk Queen Bed 12:16pm

EYE could sit

in Eliza’s Room

with My Veil

upon My Head

but doing that

would serve no good —

it would fill My Home

with dread

 

MY HUSBAND SEES TWO OF ME

The Hawk Queen Bed 11:55am

My Husband has brought Me

a cup of tea

and so a cup of Life

I will drink away the scalding brew

and think away My Strife

MOTHER’S DAY

The Hawk Queen Bed 10:45am

EYE sit with The Expletive

above M(EYE) Head

giving rise

to M(EYE) Lethargic mood

enough to get up

& write

enough to stay down

in M(EYE) Thick Grey Robe

A PRIVATE MOMENT

The Hawk Queen Bed 9:20am

EYE am wearing The Veil

slouched in Hunter’s Bed

I have It draped

over My Shoulders

for support

for consolation

It’s hot in here,

under My Veil

It’s hot but

I like It

It’s My Privacy

 

THE COVERING

The Hawk Kitchen Outpost 8:00am

Last night I sat

at the dinner table

with a napkin first

on My Head

then on My Face

then I graduated

to the veil from Rudy’s Sculpture

and covered My Self

in Its silken sheath

and stood like a ghost

declaring to My Second Husband

“I am to be seen by only DHW”