spring is having its way
with me
and the trees
blooms buds
throw rugs
drapes
everything clean
new

fresh thoughts and ideas

i’m keeping nothing ugly in the house
furniture
chipped dishes
anything that reminds me of you

not even angry thoughts

so i’ve placed a rage jar
on the old roll top
ringing my own pavlovian bells

each time you cross my mind
serial killer of happiness
stealing a moment of my peace
i put a five in

at the end of every month
i will donate the contents of
the redemptive vessel
to a battered women’s shelter

my anger transforming into compassion

making something good come
to a woman in need

from the evils that you do