Nicole Taylor, 10/12

Looking In, Out, or Over


We waited. The
small pickup truck
stopped so
suddenly.

The boy turned and
smiled. Then he
roared exposing
his sharp incisors
and a mysterious smile.

I turned away and
in closer to watch.
Then started
playing this game,
this roaring lion game.

His father turned to him
and then to me. The father
gave me a
smile and a nod.
I thought these actions seemed so
approving and mysterious.

The game resumed
while he
sat still
waiting,
watching.

Traffic passed.
The boy
happily smiled and played. Then
the light turned and I
left the scene.

Looking In, Out, or Over II


Traffic passed
this noisy
concrete safari. Motorcycles roared like
lions and utility vehicles and trucks
craned over
convertibles.
The boy turned,
smiled, roared and exposed
his sharp incisors
and a mysterious smile.
Then he started
playing this game,
this roaring lion game.
His father turned to him
and then to me.
The father
gave me a
smile and a nod.
Traffic passed.
The boy
happily smiled
and played.

Then the light turned green
and they left the scene.

 

 

Nicole Taylor lives in Eugene, Oregon and currently has no MFA’s but many hopeful projects, a varieties of styles and a wide variety of subjects. She is an artist, a hiker, a poetry note taker, a sketcher, a volunteer and a dancer, formerly in Salem’s DanceAbility. Her poems have appeared in BareBack Journal – an online Canadian journal, Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac with some bicycling and nature poems, Camel Saloon; Cirque; Denali Journal of Lane Community College, recently Eugene’s 150th Birthday Poetry Collection Anthology, Four and Twenty Journal; Gloom Cupboard; Just Another Art Movement Journal – New Zealand, KenAgain; Kerouac’s Dog; Miller’s Pond, Outlaw Poetry Network; Pemmican; Sketchbook, Snow Monkey; Tiger’s Eye, Watercourse Journal, Yes (an anthology of the Silverton Poetry Association) and others. She has won bookstore gift certificates, workshop scholarships, a small online contest, and respect from many Oregon poets. She blogs at facebook.com/ntaylortoo , apoetessanthology.blogspot.com/, and at www.oregonpoeticvoices.org/poet/312, a collection of Oregon poets with written and audio poetry available online through Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

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