mick joyce photoMick Joyce
I want to thank many of you for buying my book and making it a success. I printed some more.
Title: Bent
Content: 53 pages of powerful poetry
Cost: $12.75 plus $.45 state tax and $.50 postage (no tax if you live outside the of Wisconsin)
Purchase directly from the author by check

Mick Joyce
4 North Allen St.
Madison, WI 53705

Also available at Avol's and A Room of One's Own bookstores just off State St. E-mail Mick at ezgo.joyce@tds.net

My Aunt Carrie

She stood tall
at age ninety-six
even though her step was weak.

She smiled, complained of nothing
talking of sweet cherry pie.
even though she tasted much sour milk

She wore bright flowers
bleeding with reds and greens
even though most were color blind.

She spoke of political folly
with joy and delight
even though rivers were filled with carp.
She listened, not always understanding.
muddled words from mud puddles.

She lived the ‘X-files,’ ran the marathon, visited with apes
Never batting an eye at the snake,
deciding instead to bake some bread
kneading the small ball with white flour,
letting it rise, beating it down;
letting it rise again.
shaping it for the pan
and the hot oven.
waiting for the golden top
and the warm smell
that made us all feel well
in the town of hell
in the town of Zell.

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Riding High With You

When I look at you,
I see the skies clear.
A sun bursts forth,
All dark clouds disappear.

When I gaze into your eyes,
That’s when I want to dance,
And cry tears of joy,
Then go into a timeless trance.

When you smile at me,
The budding lilies open up,
The blue jays start to sing;
And I am whining like a pup.

The way you swing your rack around,
Stopping swiftly on a dime.
A dance of headlights beaming bright.
I shall not forget with time.

The speed you so gracefully employ
when you tie me down
makes me want to rock and roll.
If only just downtown.

I want to ride with you, I do,
every chance I get.
‘til tides are forever high,
‘til rainbows stream from jets.