Friday, February 25, 2011

Nicole Taylor has attended college in Salem, Oregon where she lives near her siblings, British mother and other family. She has been published in her college newspaper, one local and one recipe anthology and some online. She has had two poems online at

wordgathering.com, three bicycling and nature poems in a bicycling storytelling journal at http://www.myspace.com/boneshakeralmanac, one poem performed in her DanceAbility dance group, through Chemeketa College,http://building45.chemeketa.edu/issues/issue_one/inada_workshop.html. A dance member has read a few of her poems at campus Soapbox Readings and published one in her poetry e-mail newsletter, Very Local Poetry.


Nicole currently has many hopeful projects, a variety of styles and a wide variety of subjects. She hopes for more chapbooks and a nicely bound poetry book soon. She has been accepted at

http://abrahamlincolnmagazine.blogspot.com/,

http://asphodelmadness.blogspot.com/search/label/Nicole%20Taylor,

http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/search/label/Nicole%20Taylor, http://www.groundwaterspublishing.com/Taylor.htm,

http://kenagain.freeservers.com/TOC.HTML, http://www.kerouacsdogmag.com/, http://www.shoemusicpress.com/nefariousballerina/issue41/nbissue41taylor, http://pigeonbike.blogspot.com/2011/02/gothic-black-dont-wear-black.html, html http://thescrambler.com/jan10-contents.html, and other journals online and in print. Nicole Taylor has been published and winning locally. She is dancer, an artist and a volunteer. She blogs at http://www.apoetessanthology.blogspot.com/


You can find more of her poetry at

http://visualorganisms.blogspot.com/label/Nicole%20Taylor

and at

http://alternativereel.com/includes/poets-corner/display_review.php?id=00103


many more about disabilities, dance, family, nature, traveling and more ideas.




Neighbor Andy Notes

"Do you
want to watch
this movie,
The State
of Grace? One
of my favorites."
"Do you like
this poster,
the Rolling Stones
hanging tongue poster?"
Do you want
to listen
to music instead?
KC and the
Sunshine Band disco?
Classic or alternative rock?"

"Can I borrow
this music, Andy?"
"Thanks, Bye,
Andy." He's sometimes
too hyper and
too confused of
his wishes,
too confused
for me

"Do you
want more?" "
Is the drink
too strong? Sorry."
"Do you
want to
be my girlfriend?"

I should
have said
"no" more.
I did not
say yes
or no
until moving
the next summer.

Summer 2009


On Feb 23, 2011, at 11:24 AM, Nicole Taylor wrote:


A Dream, A Goal, A Passion

Precipitate

Drizzle

Shower

Stimulate

Inspire

Envision

Differentiate

Fluctuate

Deviate

Illuminate

Brighten

Shine

Aspire

Desire

Dedicate



Sympathy Pains?

My friend Jerry

fell yesterday,

far off a weak rope

climbing at a fair.

I was told

he had

hours of

back and shoulder surgery,

hospitalization and rehabilitation.

A phone call

awoke my mind.

A sore shoulder awoke,

my arthritic left shoulder.

Winter aches

awoke my thoughts.

Sympathy pains?


March 9, 2008



How is She

"How is that lady,

that lady upstairs?"

Our neighbor Eric

asked me again as

he has for several weeks.

Sad, she must be. Proud, she

was of her months sober.

"Tell him I have twelve,

twelve months sober."

I heard her tell her

mother to her brother

last December.


Then two weeks later her

body was found,

apparently in her sleep.


March 11, 2008





A Smile

There were emails to a Jeremy, a cute flirt.

Later there was consternate, discompose, disconcert.

We were quickly enamored.

The keyboard and phones were clamored.

Mutual teasing.

Stimulations appeasing.

Our feelings were aroused,

and sometimes busily doused.

His smile

was a beguile.

Words and bicycle adventures stimulated.

Attractions were quickly captivated.

Your poetic words were enchanting.

Attraction and fascination planting.

An evening kiss of disdain

My confusion and pain.

A kiss - brusk, curt.

My feelings - confused, hurt.

He was charming,

and not too harming.

March 16 2004,

Revised December 2010



Teasing

tease

appease


volley

folly


arousal

trivial


confused

angered


hurt

curt


hope

cope


wanting

needing


The Oxymoron

My oldest brother picks me up for dinner at his home. We listen to “Alice's Restaurant” on his stereo.


My other brother and his friend watch the Dallas Cowboys on television.

They and my sister-in-law discuss the team's classic uniforms.


My mom and my sister-in-law are cooking meats,

mushrooms, mashed potatoes and more.


We snack on cooked vegetables with bacon and raw vegetables.


My sisters arrive soon with their families, one with Lil' Smokies sausages and the other with pumpkin roll and cake.


At dinner my Mexican-American sister-in-law and us discuss weather and news from Uncle Gerry in Yorkshire, England. Our parents immigrated family to the U. S. over forty years for dad's woolen mill work.


I watch Will and Grace shows with mom after she helps cleans tables and counters. My brother's sons argue over cleaning dishes.


and the Moron


I hear Erik ask “Can Blake come over?”


“No.”


“PLEASE . . .”


“Ok for a few minutes.”

I am invited to stay over in mom's room.

At 3AM she answers her phone downstairs and then walks up to talk to my brother and his wife, her son and daughter-in-law.


They leave for a few hours. Mom and I listen to footsteps and voices. We hear a few, my fifteen year old nephew and his parents, returning over an hour later with my sister-in-law's Toyota four-

runner vehicle.

We fall back to sleep for a few hours.

I leave late morning after a big breakfast and mom tells me “Don't ask questions”and not to share this news.


Erik is sometimes a regular joke at Thanksgiving. He is managing a small business at downtown mall and studying.


Neighbor Andy Notes

"Do you want to watch this movie,
The State of Grace? One of my favorites."
"Do you like this poster, the Rolling Stones
hanging tongue poster?" Do you want to listen to music
instead KC and the Sunshine Band disco,
classic or alternative rock?"


"Can I borrow this music, Andy?"
"Thanks, Bye, Andy." He's sometimes
too hyper and too confused of his wishes,
too confused for me


"Do you you want more?" "Is the drink too strong? Sorry."
"Do you want to be my girlfriend?"


I should have said "no" more.
I did not say yes or no until moving
the next summer.


Nicole Taylor