TO SUSAN

South of Cincinnati
Where the crows
And rivers sing

I drove a road
Of heartache
Like a broken
Sparrow’s wing

I saw the sun
A-setting
In a flood of golden tears
And felt you here beside me
Like you were
In all those years Continue reading

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My Grandmother Says…

grandmotherdrawing“Don’t go round about it, if you’ve not got the point of it.”

“Sit a spell, quiet your mind then go after it.”

“Arms can reach across the ocean.”

“I’ve but one piece of advise. Laugh at yourself every chance you get.”

“The world is a small place with big hope.”

“Don’t think how you can impress your guests, thing how you can please them.” Continue reading

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LOVE

LOVEShe was beautiful, standing there like a movie star, the sun twinkling in her hair, her mouth a ripe cherry. Honest, I can’t think of another way to say it.

She turned to look at the car roaring up the drive. That’s when he saw her. I saw him. If he had been walking he would have stumbled. His mouth actually dropped open. He was in love. I’ve heard of such a thing. I felt the impulse.

How did he know she liked raspberries in cream? How did he know she would walk a mile in snow for a book that had just come out? He did, though. I saw it, right there, like he would die and end his gorgeous young life, if she needed it. It was so raw I had to look away, only for a moment, though, because you can’t miss such passion, not in real life.

It’s authentic. It hurts in the bones that you aren’t the one he loves like that.

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February

bluebirdsThe slanting February sun
Wrapped in a grey furry blanket
Begs forgiveness for offering no warmth

She offers no golden stream
Of light that we might bask in
While sitting in the old,
Red chair in the kitchen

She offers no color to the day
That might distract us
While we make our last trip
To the post office

She only offers grey
All shades of grey
Dove grey
Steel grey Continue reading

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The Woman Inside of Me

WomanInsideMeThere is a woman
Who lives inside me
She winks and takes
Me aside

She says I need
To move out west
Where in the mountains
I might abide

Then she laughs
And twirls around
And says, “No, not
That way-but see!”! Continue reading

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Gramp and Shirley Jean – Chapter 4

IMG_1108Crisp air was painting the ends of the maple leaves, turning them red, reminding everyone that summer is a trickster. She dallies all through June , July and August skipping around in the gentle rain, the summer sun, the soft winds, shinning down her long golden arms, only to take them away, leaving an early morning frost ice the tender lettuce, late tomatoes and pound the fragile flowers.

Gramp dropped small logs into the wood stove, heating the house and boiling the coffee. He was glad Shirley was still asleep because Continue reading

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Empty Room

EmptyRoomA chair at the window
A trunk full of dreams
A bed with a sag in it
And holes in the screens

Yarn all a tatter
Clothes in a box
Books in a corner
Doors without locks

Life is a moment
It’s raw and it’s pungent
It’s bitingly brutal
And tender as teardrops

We’re strong as the mistral
We’re soft as a sigh
Our dreams are our treasures
Our fears are our lies

So look to the dawn
In her pinks and her gold’s
This is all for our taking
So let it unfold

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