Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Month: March, 2013

Laughed in My Face

You stuck your foot out
Just to watch me trip and fall
Then laughed in my face


© March 30, 2013
Asheville, NC


Me and Emily

With pen and still heart
We translate mysteries unknown
Me and Emily


© March 30, 2013
Asheville, NC

I Touched Him

I touched him, his hair
It had been twenty years since
This exquisite bliss


© March 27, 2013
Asheville, NC

Me at Seventeen

It’s just a short clip
My memories come to life
Me at seventeen

I’m at 8:39-8:49.
Henderson High School  Atlanta, GA  1988

© March 27, 2013
Asheville, NC

I’m Convinced

I’m convinced
If you would pitch your body
Over me like a tent
Then I would be safe
From the devils and the darkness
And foul weather
That won’t relent
Then my soul would be spent
In loving kindness and compassion
And affection
For you, my perfect gent
And I would sing for joy
For a life, for a love
For a home
That’s heaven-sent


© March 25, 2013
Asheville, NC

Like a Mother Hen

Like a mother hen hatching her chicks
I sit with the words
Til life stirs
And the shell cracks
And the new little poems wander off
To make a life of their own


© March 25, 2013
Asheville, NC

How Much for This One?

How much for this one?
Fate yields to the high bidder
Put your heart all in


© March 25, 2013
Asheville, NC

Just One More

Time to turn out lights
But the nestled children beg,
“Please read just one more?”


© March 24, 2013
Asheville, NC

A Quiet Heart Spoke

A quiet heart spoke,
“What are you doing to me?”
“Just thumbing the strings.”


© March 24, 2013
Asheville, NC

The Heart Wants to Leap

The heart wants to leap
Yet my feet are planted firm
Til arms are held high


© March 24, 2013
Asheville, NC