Joanna Gilman Hyde

"Good Morning, World!"

Category: LIFE

Control & Surrender

When Eye was a child

I decided The Bathroom

was My Favorite Room —

that if the house blew apart

in a hurricane

It was The Bathroom

Eye would live in —

& I would sleep in the tub

My Two Daughters

My Daughters Eye Wear

On My Right Ring Finger

and My Left —

My Finger of Engagement

Is For Blonde Eliza:

Eye Made Her Up To Be

A Woman Who Could Do ANYTHING

(and She Would Have To Be Beautiful)

Her Turquoise Tear Drop

Is Set Between Two Tiny Diamonds —

She’s Coming Home

On My Father’s Birthday

To Stay Four Days.

 

Golden Maria Stays Forever

On My Right:

Her Unformed Heart

Is Eternal Strength —

She Is My Beautiful Dark Haired Woman

With The Most Melodious Voice

Who Appeared On My Right Shoulder —

Who Was Taken From My Womb

On My Mother’s Death Day —

Who Came To Me To Be Named.

 

These Two Women Are My Daughters:

One Light, One Dark

One To Have In Life, One In Death —

One Joy, One Comfort —

These Two Daughters

Are My Sacred Accessories

To MIND

 

ART

My Work, My Fun

is conglomerated

packed inside

My House

like baby tiny spiders

hatching out

to live their fragile lives

in amongst the nooks

of My Exterior

Morning Tea With Cream

Eye wear regal fakery

on My Left Ring Finger —

solid gold

on My Right.

The World will be told

why

some time soon

if the parties involved

feel like it

 

Today’s Summer

Today’s Summer

is The One Eye Choose

of Silver Robes

& Black Bathing Suits

tripping through the heated fog

of Our Hawk Beach

to South Side

where fighting lovers

meet with chaperones

to win back

the sultry longing

exuded by Their Latest

Expose

Question:

What is the allure

of The Lime Green

Prom Dress?

Answer:

Add a carrot

& You’ve got

Flaming June

INSPIRATION

Eye will paint

The Sea Foam White

inlaid with shards of shells

collected

with infant fingers

from My First Beach

in Africa

The Single Life

Eye play in My Bed

These Days

without a bed mate

I turn on My Phone

& check

My Rooftop Views

I choose My Underwear

very carefully

& Eye use The Toilet

with Its fickle plumbing

next door to My Very Own

Accommodations

FORGIVENESS

Eye understand that Dr William Hunter Blair

does not consider Himself

“A Bad Guy.”

This is how He sees His Self,

therefore He is NOT

a “Bad Guy.”

Eye can forgive Him.

 

I can call The Truce because

Eye know He can

and will

Live With Himself.

The Accident

Eye was The 1st-grader

Who spilt chocolate milk

on Her smocked blue and white dress

in the school cafeteria

just before She was to sing

in the chorus

of “Chicken Little”