Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Colours - make up
Violet pearlescent eye shadow;
watermelon tinted chap stick;
cover stick to cover the blemishes and
give you that glow;
rose gold eye cream, only to be worn
at night at some posh function.
You can never wear too much blue eye shadow
someone once said in a movie and, by George, it's true!
A fresh tube of lipstick, a new shade...
oh, wait, it's the same as the one in my drawer.
Time in front of a mirror with a palette
to choose from, my face the blank canvas...
I have a cousin who's never worn make-up.
Of course, she's very beautiful, but how can she resist
the irresistible? 

© Julianne Carlile

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Mukwonago River

The River Why
I drive by the Mukwonago River,
where arrowheads were found for many years.
The river is a really big giver
of crappies; fishermen shed happy tears.
I’ve never walked there, though I’ve been here years;
it’s for other people, but not for me.
I smell it when I go by and my leers
rival those I have for a lake I see.
The deep, wet odor, earthy and salty,
and the mist, tickling and teasing my skin.
I resist the pull as it calls to me.
It calls: come to me please, and please come in.
And I wonder if I will ever go;
the years I have left do not go by slow.

© Julianne Carlile

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dog Haiku

Haiku Studios
I bark all night long
my owner is not at home
but I do my job

© Julianne Carlile

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Dream Fish

How Much Is the Fish?
My grandmother used to take us fishing.
Feet dangling from the pier,
she’d bait our hooks and
take the fish off.
Most too small to keep,
she’d throw them back.
Sometimes, we’d get one we could take home.
Once in a while we’d catch a crab.
They were tenacious and hard to shake off,
despite our best work,
and Grandma was often tasked there too.
Years later I had a dream of that shore:
I’d waded in, hands in the water,
trying to catch a great big fish.
The fish was beautiful,
all the colors of the rainbow and more:
it seemed to shine with gold and silver;
it had a preternatural light.
No matter how hard I tried,
I could not grab that fish.

Long after I awoke, the dream stayed with me.
I couldn’t catch it,
and I couldn’t let it go.

© Julianne Carlile