Mary Keating

Some things should just be left a secret

Photo by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels

I braced myself for the inevitable question after speaking with a woman I just met at the Library’s monthly book club.

“What happened to you? Why are you in that wheelchair?” she asked.

I gave her a sly look. After glancing around to see if anyone was in earshot…

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Pinned

Who will save us all?

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On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and karma seems to pause
the world lies deep in murky haze
obscuring sacred laws

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps,
the fortune-monger thrives
and peddlers sell their souls for keeps
endangering all our lives

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and countries fall astray
the…

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May 20

An ekphrastic poem

Abandoned Shell Station photo with overcast sky
Truck Stop Shell by Greg Clary

A forsaken altar
erected for the dying
energy gods still
stands bright against
tempestuous blight

Words offering comfort
cling to crumbling facades
A hint of the true cost paid
for temporary solace

Weeds spread through
cracks in the veneer
Multiply like rumors

Echos of plenty
now registering

Empty

Mary Keating

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Mary Keating

Mary Keating

Poet, lawyer, disability advocate, wheelchair rider. Published in SFWP, Poetry for Ukraine, Scribes Micro Fiction, Wordgathering. Pushcart Prize nominee.