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Hello, readers and followers of Where My Poems Go!

This little publication, which is now nearly eighteen months old, has always been a little corner of space where I can share my poetry with you, and for that, I am enormously grateful.

But I have some extra news to share with you today!

After arguing with myself for what feels like the entire span of the Late Cretaceous Period, I’m excited to announce that I have published a book.

The Weight of Need: Poems on Life, Longing, and Love is a collection of poems previously published here on Medium (in my own publication, as well as Scribe, Lit Up, and P.S. …


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Remember when
we laughed
in waves
that started
with our toes
and scrambled higher
to our bellies
and still rose
to suffuse breath and bone
with love’s pure light?

We only stopped
the laughter
to fight the perils
of the night.

Thank you for reading! My debut poetry collection, The Weight of Need: Poems on Life, Longing, and Love, is available on Amazon.


Poetry Sunday

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Love is flowing freely now
between the petals of an afternoon,
burnt and stormy in their

deep, impudent hues,
reaching for the last tendrils
of light that flash
across an evergreen sky.

I lift breath from the cage of my heart
and, daring nothing, soon impart
a smoke signal all my own

It rises
~chases
~~crescendos

on the wings of whispered evenings
spent in shallow prayer,
lips moving enough to stir

the dark around the lightest eyes
that clammer for a spark
of truth on knees turned toward

the altar of the ancient moon,
and then, with scarcely a bow,
scuttles off into the pockets of midnight.


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Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

When love writes itself
upon the empty page,
does it dart and strain
meandering slowly here
and there and taking up
the cadence of a mad god?

Footfalls close
Hands close
Hearts closer still

until

the last trail of ink
bleeds into the page below
and screams into
some lost void
the enormity of what
has only just begun.


One is the tantrum-iest number

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1.) If Teddy wipes boogers on 548 different surfaces inside the house, how many Clorox wipes will his mommy need to sacrifice to kill all the germs?

2.) Sierra has five hotdogs. She gives one to her little brother as a bribe to keep quiet about who gave the dog a haircut. How many seconds will it take her brother to snitch once he inhales the woe begotten frankfurter?

3.) Liam is on fire because he played with matches. How many scissors should he run through the house with in order to poke out both of his eyes?

4.) Gretta loves Elmo, but Elmo doesn’t know how Elmo feels about Gretta. How many times will Elmo refer to himself in the third person before Elmo comes to terms with Elmo’s feelings? …


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I am watching for the day
my eyes are lighter
than my heart,
when my feet usurp my brain
and toss away its wild refrain
of scrambling hiccups
tossed within a spinning drum

the day when I at last outrun
every clinging thought
and memory is done.

Thank you for reading! My debut poetry collection The Weight of Need: Poems on Life, Longing, and Love by Lorna M. Rogahn is available on Amazon.


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There is no marrow in my bones.
I have a stomach filled with stones

I swallowed knowing
where this all would end —

with sustenance
thrust before me

a line of sacrificial lambs
that had no business in this land

where air is all the food and drink
I will admit I need.

Thank you for reading! My debut poetry collection The Weight of Need: Poems on Life, Longing, and Love by Lorna M. Rogahn is available on Amazon.


Terror, terror everywhere!

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So you’re using the public bathroom, already scared out of your wits because there could be COVID germs in addition to all the regular germs when suddenly BLAMO! The toilet flushes at a velocity that would put Niagra Falls during the spring melt to shame. Sure, the adrenaline surge and bloodcurdling screams are fun and all, but then, in a twinkling, it’s over, leaving you pining away for your next terror fix.

That’s why several prominent companies are rolling out the following automatic things. Now you can enjoy bowel-cleansing terror and hands-free sanitary-ness in all your favorite places.

Fast-food drive-thrus

Picture this: you pull up, wait for the terrified employee to finally take your order only to have to wait again for them to stuff it into a bag and toss it out the window at you when you pull up. …


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I seek you in valleys ripe with fear
and overspilling with secrets.

I wind,
a vine growing stronger,
lovelier each day

the heat building until
in panicked strokes,
I reach across
the blinding scorch of light
and sound ceases

and I am whole.


A list poem

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The memory of the day I cracked my face against the crisp ice and my grandfather, aged eighty-two, rose up laughing and helped me drag the toboggan back uphill for another frigid run.

The first time I breathed in the blessed notes of Notre Dame cathedral and crept reverently into all the nooks and alcoves I could find to memorize the colored glass and incense and prayers of millions long since passed.

The day I flew a tiny Cessna in shaky circles and realized I could never leave my feet upon the earth for long again.

The fractures earned by running, running, running until my bones bent, then broke beneath the strain. …

About

Elle Rogers

Mommy. Wife. Writer. Lunatic. My debut poetry collection, “The Weight of Need”, is available on Amazon.

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