2 Poems by Laurie Kolp

When Blue Is Your Favorite Color

You notice blue
bonnets blooming
on Texas highways,
blue hues in birds
not normally blue
but black and blue
like grackles’ heads,
old ladies with blue hair
not on black, but white
the tint a rinse gone awry,
a bad dye job like the time
you pulled up in the garage
not one, but four hours late,
your hair orange. You
said it looked better than
before first glance
of green, you’d seen a horror
movie Frankenstein. Oh, how
you’d die if social climbers
disclosed ungodly sheens
not once, not twice, but three
times red and gray
gone green
gone yellow
gone orange
flecks of thread in blue
couch where we’d sit
and chat, just the two of us,
over coffee and blueberry scones.

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“Cool Blue Hive” image by Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

Traveling to Other Realms

I’d like to say I imagine you
levitating on elephant clouds
puffing a healthy cigarette
all nonchalant-like, worry-free
elbows bent and ankles crossed
Beethoven’s 9th symphony
your ode to joy as you
ascend to heaven

rather than chained to lightning
drowning, sinking down
through earthquakes and fire
Chopin’s Funeral March
a full-blast concerted lash
thunderous as you thrash
like stinky catch at the gates
of hell’s inner core

but you’re probably just dust.

LKolp square WGLaurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, October 2015) serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and gathers monthly with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen print and online journals including the2015 Poet’s Market, The Crafty Poet, Scissors & Spackle, Blue Fifth ReviewNorth Dakota Quarterly and Pirene’s Fountain. You can find out more about Laurie on her website, lauriekolp.com.