Samantha Merz


…popular main course in Portuguese culture

Salada de polvo

Not to be confused with chicken salad

Polvo does not mean poultry

Translates to octopus

Found this out the hard way while out for dinner

It was a group setting

Ordered the dish without a second thought

When it arrived at the table, I was confused

The server clarified that the octopus salad was for me

My mouth replied thank you but my eyes stared at the table

Laughter and inside jokes came from my…

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Paragon Paradise

…by pyrography

Best friends with a child prodigy

Singing to myself while spinning in circles

The festival was lively with entertainment

Admiring black lacquer jewelry boxes and ruby glassware

No more lovely music or twirling ballerinas

Likes the idea of having decorative plates instead of serving plates

A bird statue placed in front of a handheld fan

Remembering the professor who studies paradigms

Would rather be caught up in tediousness

They didn't beg but I didn't protest

Familiar stare due to similar…

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Monster Truck

…daisies with downward facing petals

You’re in a monster truck

Driving off the road

A child chases after a wild animal with claws

Insincere recommendation for a main course

Temper tantrum over tanzanite studs

Hose running onto the sidewalk and onto the street

A watering hole

Found a crow corpse

Wants to spoil me

Life holds on to us

Waiting for the wind to settle to…

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Hyper-Pigmented Psychedelia

…saturated strawberry swirls

It’s smoky with heather clouds

Dreams of Saxe blue swimming pools

Wearing a spruce suit, found it hard to resist you

There were pickles in the delicious beef sliders

Felt more like a daffodil than a dandelion that evening

Wanted some ginger tea to settle my stomach

Holding onto the mahogany railing while walking towards the lobby

Food colouring stained my tie-dye t-shirt

Spirals and television static left me hypnotized

Maybe I am hallucinating because I see rainbow zebras

Heavenly face, red polka dotted lace but could be…

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Sultry July

…coral fire burns through the night 

There could be morning lightning 

My version of a nightcap consists of nightly capsules to take with water 

A science fiction fantasy 

Surprised that squirrels get along with rabbits 

Hallucinations of halos 

Failing to ask for the recipient 

Cornflower blue blouse over a burgundy dress 

Sunlight shines and sparkles on my skin 

Sun glitters off the Pacific blue waves 

We'll each have a glass of red sangria on this summer's day 

The angel's trumpets don't leave behind any…

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Girl On The Green

Green fingers were essential

A pinch of oregano

To sprinkle over oven ready Margherita pizza

Spare phone cases and empty wallets

She would run into problems

Drops of hyoscyamus under her tongue for treating hypersensitivity

Unsure of whether she should quiet her mind or continue the chatter

Thinking about a distinct oxymoron on the sectional

Oversharing discreet celebrity dalliances

Madness was born out of creativity

Grew irritated by the spotlight and sought nightlife

Retreating to retail and radio

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Surrounded by Vibrant Sun Conures

…on the importance of friendly paths

Not thinking about what could go wrong if the slicer gets my left thumb

There's a hole in my striped orange work shirt

I should get it fixed but I frankly don't want to spend the money to get it repaired

Haven't gotten enough stares

From valuable strangers to take appropriate action

Discussed the absurdity of people quitting their jobs after the first day of training

Apparently it's best to leave a job

After being with a company for two years

If you stay with an organization for a decade

You miss out on…

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Rusty Red Roads

…along rusty red roads

It might snow soon

I am looking forward to jaywalking

If you are blending an avocado, you should smooth it out

You have got to look out the window

Used to have a Walkman

Too many eyeshadows for my hazel eyes

Swirling purple pencil crayons inside mandalas

Feeling mediocre today

Evaluating aspects of my daily life

Wanting to reach certain milestones

Dreaming around midnight about…

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Queen Carola’s Parotia on the Pergola

…was a gypsy moth massacre

Searching under decaying wood to get to the heart of contentment

Queen Carola’s Parotia on the Pergola

Reminiscent of a young European Paola

I heard news reports that it would be too windy for the vessels to dock

Ignoring the coarse-haired drummer  

Into the virtual portal, longing to feel the sun again

Getting carried by Sunday schemes in your Chevrolet Blue Blazer

In the middle of doubting myself before speaking out

Overjoyed when I saw you outside the drugstore

I'm glad you're grounded because I don't want you to leave

Just know I'm wide for...

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