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Grief

Only seventeen 
on a hot Harley Machine.

Didn’t have to wear 
a helmet 
you could feel the air 
streaming
through your hair.

Riding down the rainy road 
behind a loaded semi 
going to Ft. Collins
for the day.

Suddenly a back splash
hit them in the face
they weren’t trying to race
just trying to pass the truck.

Two seconds later
the bike was wrecked
and my girlfriend 
laid dead on the rainy road.

Only seventeen 
on a hot Harley machine
she never had a chance
to be a mother or a wife
two days before we graduated 
from high school.




(In remembrance of Bonnie Hockett, Class of ‘67 -Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Copyright © Ruth Martz | Year Posted 2022



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Cliques

If you’re a member of a clique 
you’ll find out very quick 
who is in and who is out.

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Memories Of A House

I have sat through wind and rain
my insides have felt the sorrow
and the shame
of those who lived
and left with dreams
one way or another.

My walls remember happier times
between the lovely and the pride
of birthday joy, babies cries
older folks laying dead upon the door 
whom neighbors helped with such great care
to their neighbors pain

Barefooted children
running through the fields
of waving wheat
yellow corn as high
as the machinery 
that plowed them

Babies strapped on their mothers’ backs
who reached down to pick 
the hoary headed cotton
waiting for the gin

Chickens pecking 
in the red dirt
eating all the bugs away

Yes, I remember well
the secrets of myself.

Copyright © Ruth Martz | Year Posted 2022

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Should I Go or Should i stay

You treated me this way since
day three of our marriage 

At first I thought it was me
causing the misery 
I wised up and found
you were a man from Hades

I kept our home as best I could
you never even tried
after years of marriage 
and two many blue-black eyes
I left....

Not soon enough 
when denials lead the way
that’s what made me stay
too complex
a diet of denial never works...

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Hard to Understand

Hard to understand the reasons.

Hard to understand the circumstance.

Logic seems to fly in the face of reason.

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A Tribute To Cherilyn Sarkisian

Wearing matching wooly vests
looking like two hippies 
singing 
“I Got You Babe”
an iconic song at best
she out did all the rest

That’s Cher !

Sitting on a horse
lamenting 
of course
about being
“A Half-Breed”

That’s Cher !

A woman way before her time
she ran around with 
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”
all the men
laid their money down
when Cher came to town

Only woman in the world
who gets away 
with strutting her stuff
in her underwear
I doubt she wanted 
“To Turn Back Time”

She is greater 
than she ever was
If you don’t think so
“Snap Out Of It”

Copyright © Ruth Martz | Year Posted 2022

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The Final Sleep

When the final sunset happens
when the moon no longer shines
when the castle moats are empty 
all anger will decline 

When the lunar sin
is counted
and death is in defeat
all our dragons will be slain
and laying at our feet

No harm be our incentive 
into the dark we creep
crying demons
rising from the deep
cats mewling
no more belonging
to the rose or tulip
they lay upon the heap
dead dreams

We forever more shall sleep

Copyright © Ruth Martz | Year Posted 2022

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On The Way Up

I was oh so foolish
I finally got my way
I scraped and stepped 
on people, just let them lay
a sociopath they called me
I could only grin
they amounted to nothing 
so I never thought it as a sin.

Lost my children and my wife
didn’t play attention to them
I was rolling in the money
I could only grin.

Now I am an old man
big retirement under my skin
all alone 
day after day
 in a chair I simply sit
got a lot of time and money
I can only grin.



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And I A Broken Vessel

And I a broken vessel stuck in the sands of time
resort to times in time
when the newness of the traits
struck from out the land
of nothingness to glory
not made by human hands.

Filled with riches yet unseen by blighted eyes
a token made for love
reflected decadence and pain.

And I a broken vessel am broken in the sand
covered up and waiting until the desert land
is filled with clear,clean water 
with salvation close at hand

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I Love BBQ

Where I come from 
there are two 
kinds of BBQ
so it’s your choice 
for an authentic meal

Sweet and tangy 
Vinegar that’s sharp
believe me 
you can tell them 
both apart

A giant glass
of the sweetest iced tea
ever made

Coleslaw by the bucketful
baked beans to tantalize
hope your stomach 
is bigger than your eyes

Cornbread by the panful
smeared with butter
that will roll down off your chin
wipe it off and then begin again

Collards by the score
oh good gracious 
who could ask for more

Make sure you’ve 
got a roll of paper towels 
because you eat the ribs
with fingers
that get sticky by the sauce

Then if you’ve have room
top it off with a bowl of banana pudding
the kind made in the South

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