Almost Broken Home

I do not remember my father’s voice 
but I know his breath smelled like whiskey
as he leaned down to say good night.
That’s when I learned to pretend to be asleep 
which led to real sleep 
and dreams of my parents dressed up.
My Dad smelling of Old Spice
Mom of powder and lipstick.
The most beautiful woman in the world
with a man who never knew how lucky he was

Robin J. Phillips, August 21, 2021 

I Love You Will Have to Do

There should be a word for the pause
Right before we laugh together
The little moment 
When our eyes 
meet and we realize
Nothing more needs to be said

Nature turned this sand trap into a Valentine.

There should be a word
For that breath we share
As you sing
A cowboy song into my ear
Swaying to the rhythm 
Before our lips 
Our lips
Touch 
The breath
Right before we hold
Our breath

There is no word
So, my love, 
I love you 
Will have to do.

~ Robin J. Phillips, Feb. 13, 2021

My Lonely Is a New Puppy

Did I ask for a lonely for Christmas?
I don’t remember putting that on the list
But OK thanks Santa
I’ll take some time to decorate
My lonely

For my lonely, I think I’ll add
some friends from far away 
to wave at on the little screen 
I’ll celebrate with shrimp cocktail 
(I’ve never made one but I’m sure I can) 

And maybe I’ll buy my lonely a new puppy 
to join my old dog 
They can smother me with kisses

~ Robin J Phillips, Dec. 22, 2020