the child appears


to the mother

this i can attest

for you suckled

at my breast

and sought shelter

in my nest

after you

flew the coop

did it mean

a thing

as i held you

neath my wing

time and time


oh my little


now it

seems absurd

that you

evade me

©kay salady



This ivy climbs the towering tree

Pining for longevity

Circling ’round its’ rings of time

Embracing them though they were mine

Then reaching down to blot the stains

From foolish years while I remain


©Kay Salady

At Her Feet

Beneath her feet

You fell to earth

‘Twas preordained

A sacred birth

O’ hear the sound

Inside your chest

Value your worth

For you are blessed

To harbor love

Sprung from a well

That freely flows

O’ can’t you tell

Within your heart

And in your soul

The dust of stars

Shine beautiful

Sweet child

Soon at her feet

You’ll fall to earth

To kiss the ground

Value her worth

The endless love

Within her chest

Was as the stars

For she was blessed

To love you

©Kay Salady



I crawl inside your head

And you feel me scratch an itch

As I exhale a moment

The ecstasy of which

You share with me somehow

As it pulses through my veins

This undulating silence

The mark of which remains


©Kay Salady


In the Cool of an Olive

I want to lay in the cemetery

On the green near the angel

Where we stood in the cool

Of an olive long ago

Contemplating painting letters

On Daddy’s headstone in our sweaters

Drinking limeade gold paint on your nose

I want to smell the scent of clover

I want to tell you over and over

Everything that I could never say

And then replace my interjections

With attentiveness in your reflection

But I can only sit and feel this way

©Kay Salady


Rocking to the Rhythm

Embraced by opulence

I lazed within your gaze

As you cajoled my soul

To surrender to your ways

And I was smitten

By the very thought of you

I felt high as you passed by

The crumbs of my confection

And without recollection

I wandered yet again

Through the path of sin

That led me to your door

Begging you for more

Of your neglect

As I offered up respect

So bittersweet

From your head

Down to your feet

Then wondered why

All I did was cry

In my abandon

Each day you poured the same

A measure so mundane

That I could barely taste

A hint of flavor

And with nothing left to savor

On my tongue

I was left intensely numb

Rocking to the rhythm

Of a heart

That beat within the chest

Of one who loved you best

Rocking to the rhythm

Of a heart

©Kay Salady


The Caged Bird Sang

The caged bird sang a song of hope

When long the day, to help her cope

With a song of freedom from despair

A cry to every caged bird where

They are in fear to fly

Her melody erased the rage

Of birds who stalk their narrow cage

Imprisoned birds were loosed the day

They turned their cheek the other way

And chose to join in song

Oh how the others sang along

With heartfelt joy, they sang her songs

On distant hills and dawn-bright lawns

The sound of freedom rang

One fair morning with the dew

With lifted wing, away she flew

Freely leaping with the wind

In orange sun rays, did ascend

To name the sky her own

©Kay Salady



My Confession

I want to be your number one

Not the one who’s come undone

Because you chose another one

Before me

I want to be your Valentine

I want to hear that you are mine

With the assurance at that time

That you will always be

Exclusively for me

Because I wrote your name in red

Inside my heart and in my head

For time and time again I’ve said

That you belong to me

©Kay Salady




You dare descend the lofty clouds
upon your steed within a shroud
of misconception
And as you draw forth your bow
and take your aim, nobody knows
how far they’ll fall
No, not at all
And as they bleed, with tearful eye
they summon you to please pass by
through the mist of all their pain
To draw forth your bow and take
your aim towards the one and only
heart that has torn theirs all apart
But do you heed that lover’s call

No, not at all

©Kay Salady


Holding On

What do I do

with my memories of you

Do I toss them away

as though yesterday

Was meaningless

and inconsequential

Can I find peace

through the release

Of all of my dreams

that cling to the seams

Of silver linings

within cloudy skies

I know it’s unwise

yet I hold on

A martyr for love

rises above

The storm clouds

in her way

And until my dying day

I’ll play the fool

As this heart breaks

all the rules

By holding on

©Kay Salady