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Fairie II by Cynthia Torroll Unawares by Cynthia Torroll

last day of august

I am that bee, / the bee that be, you see, / the ones that fling themselves against / the glass over and over expecting / entrance, or pass…
Odd Girl Out by Cynthia Torroll

yes

I will wear your yes today, / as I do most days, though / often it’s more pronounced / and immediate and dam giddy. / This Is Not A C…

Honey Creek

The measure was less / than a full inhale. / “Was that? Is that? Wait. What?” / Yes? / Noted the calves, a sort of sense / memo…

It’s been a long time now / since I was pink / to the touch / and green in my ways, / but if I knew then, / what I know now, / I stil…
Both Sides Blued by Cynthia Torroll

Middle March

She floats with me in a dream, / close, ripe, without need / of any kind, without ail or complaint. / Pink, sweet, she’s wearing the…

Imperative

A direct look / is a question, / declaration or / a dare. / It’s a knowing, / or a gnawing, / quite unnerving / in its stare. / It ca…
The False Self by Cynthia Torroll Cynthia Lund Torroll Selected Works 2015 by Cynthia Torroll Calendar The October Experiment by Cynthia Torroll

for a friend…

Here. / I hand it over. / Take this leaning forward, / and place me gently, upright, / awake but not rigid, aware / but not wanting, alone,…

Storm coming.

Where are you with these skies inside out, speaking in tongues, / gathering form so to dispel it? I need our nearness. I need / the mirror …
Boy Black by Cynthia Torroll

Untitled

Have you gotten bigger? / WHA? Not that I know of. This is a skirt I wore 40 years ago. / Get out. / I still have clothes from high school.…

the two stars

Did they get too close? / Jupiter + Venus hung out. / Boy, did they hang out. / They like to cover each other / from time to time, like, oh…

Context.

I should have added, / “at this time, on this evening”, / because you HAVE been. / We need to pull up a cloud. / I’ll bri…

the emergency brake

I’ve never had to use it before. / I wonder if it’s the same thing as when a fire breaks out. / Would I run for the canister an…

The mourning dove speaks its puppy song / not of sad perhaps for all I see since then is / geranium red. Why is that sight of you / clamped…

Day.

I often forget what year it is. / I’m always surprised how near it is. / The constant tick of moment’s time / has made me just …

Right

Hi. / Hi. / Where have you been? / Here? I thought? / I’ve not seen you for years. / Well, I guess I’ve been a bit DISTRACTED. …

Tone, Value, Depth

It seemed a simple task. / I was asked to match colors. / There were Pantone chips torn / and scattered across my lap. / The client was wat…

Dispensable.

It shouldn’t be / that easy to pause me. / A mouse click is all it takes / one direction or the other. / A battery pack is how its ma…

Miss Manners Meanders

Do you have / any of these in your life? / Those that ask a question / but are really just interested / in telling you / their opinion or s…

the thread

I send my little strand out. / I can’t tell if it’s coming / from my hand, my eye or heart, / but off it goes. / It travels. / …
The Last Defense by Cynthia Torroll Sweet Mystery by Cynthia Torroll Four Moons by Cynthia Torroll Alchemy in May by Cynthia Torroll Against My Better Self by Cynthia Torroll

I wonder.

Sometimes the truth / is just the truth. / How just it is, / is another matter. / But speaking of matter, / she says so matter-of-factly, /…
Balance by Cynthia Torroll She Waits (framed) by Cynthia Torroll Mon Ange Montage by Cynthia Torroll The Seven Ways of Sunday by Cynthia Torroll Fairie Colored Glasses with splash by Cynthia Torroll Camouflage by Cynthia Torroll The Eleventh Hour by Cynthia Torroll

A conclusion

For / the longest time, / I thought choice / was a matter / of choice. / It was so simple / in my mind. / Ah… / (A benefit of / a sim…

I don’t think / we were ever strangers. / That’s not to say that it hasn’t been / a very long time, / as each greeting / …

Trouble Standard

They’d protest / if a man made them do this. / “Take off your glasses. / Remove your blouse. / Lose the bra. / Here, wear these…
Nocturnal Tendencies 2014 by Cynthia Torroll

Somehow, the screen tore a hole. / A frantic bird may have been the cause. / It’s irrelevant actually. The tear is. Relevant. / The p…

the artist’s hand

There’s a cat that eats / the tips of my long grasses. / I say beware of the silk / within them. Nothing I emit / is either all true …

Visual Logic

You bring me tomorrow / while I eat my today. / I see 2-D what you’re / breathing in threes. / I can’t see the cast of light. /…
Ascent by Cynthia Torroll Caught in the bubble by Cynthia Torroll

Tuft

From a distance it added symmetry, / a top feathered flourish. Drawing closer however, / the horror of it showed. Bottom up, back claws fro…

Changeling

Your smile belies, / or maybe believes / its placement, / its display / alters what is somehow / buried in your eyes. / Unintentional dare…

3.30.14

Her hands are the size of mine, / her arms nearly as long. / She walks as if lines are lifting her / ever so slightly off the ground / to m…
Chalice by Cynthia Torroll

Two Weekends

I sat against a wall four times my age. / With my knees held against my chest, / tightly, uncomfortably, I faced west. / The three days wer…

dregs

The body blows had taken tolls. / Already delicately wired, systems / were frayed, twisted and mangled. / Having ignored the HIGH ALERT cal…

Merchant

It was not a clean break. / There are men who sell their / sensitivity wrapped in butcher paper. / She bought a few ounces. She consumed / …
The Third Eye ~ doilied + colored by Cynthia Torroll Caught II by Cynthia Torroll Birthright by Cynthia Torroll Selected Drawings of Cynthia Lund Torroll by Cynthia Torroll Calendar

Detached

The veil is thinning. / The shadow shifts as you follow me / from room to room. / You seem especially restless / in car rides. You lift me …

Mirage

I must move the mirror. / The drunken birds hurl / themselves against my window / thinking they have an eastern path / when it’s real…

Placeholder

I will be that place / that’s so hard to find / when your days are dogged / with decorum. / I will be that face / that’s behind…
Caught by Cynthia Torroll

9|19|13

She left in the last days / of summer, / transforming herself / perhaps, into one of the / flowers that stand / surely and solemnly / along…

story

We found a corner, / the bird of prey and I. / I, caught under his expansive wing. / I, so willingly trapped.

etude

I love the minor keys, / the ones that suspend, hanging in the air, / daring me to exhale.

resolute

Black bird me. / Break my little feather bones. / The glossy black will never leave.
passage by Cynthia Torroll

the dithering

The gnome on the left says yes. / The wren on the right says no. / She finds herself, once again, asking / inanimate objects and a largely …

The selling of wars

The bumper is odd. / It’s “We’re Going To War With Syria” music, and almost danceable at that. / Who picks these things?

playing-god fatigue

I’d best just keep my / shades drawn and covers pulled up. / (Much less dangerous)

disappearing ink

My brain tries to chase this / into a corner, to see it again, / to define it, but it’s far more clever / as it’s written in disappearing i…

sheer passage of time

I took a long branch / and tore through the top. / I knocked down all the death / that framed the otherwise lovely / limbs, but in my zeal …

What is.

It is not / attached to thinking, / at the protest of my mind, / that I’ve come to realizations / that I thought I’d never find.

They wear their momma’s eyes / almost bird-like with attention. / Their faces show no signs of / the pain that they’ve endured.
Echo by Cynthia Torroll Heliotroped with 2008 tattoo by Cynthia Torroll adaptation by Cynthia Torroll Cacophony by Cynthia Torroll
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