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Solitude

There is an old trunk room on the playwright’s estate where I’m typing these lines just for you I’ve wandered the grounds ambled through the old barn read my fill in the library, quietly crammed ceiling to floor with dusty … Continue reading

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Avians of Mourning

The Irish writer, Samuel Beckett, said “All poetry is prayer,” and for me that rings very true. Continue reading

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The Second Coming

It was the ‘70s Professor Dumbleton stood at the front of the classroom reciting a poem from memory   His back to us chalk dust flying with passionate intensity as he spiraled the widening gyre across the board   Things … Continue reading

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Let There Be

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Nature Doesn’t Seem to Know or Care

The azaleas are in riotous bloom a profusion of pinks and reds their wind-driven petals scattered across the walkway to our front door a floral carpet no one will cross   Out back the roses are showing off their first … Continue reading

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Silent Night, Holy Night

Sleeping (the family)                                                                      José Clemente Orozco, … Continue reading

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Catching Air

her partner is a circus performer a fact that mesmerized my grandsons listening in the living room wishing for a trapeze to appear above the fireplace   he regaled them with stories of diving without a net and balancing babies … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol

It’s just a day Christmas day But I feel its magical pull all year Counting down days in summer Marking the years off, one by one   Christmas past, a tiny organ playing carols Bouffant Barbie and Chatty Cathy ‘neath … Continue reading

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View from the 25th floor

Alone, in an unknown city Walking aimlessly Alone, down empty streets Beckoned inside a church with an open door Following the scent of roses to the altar Roses, in various stages of bloom Placed at the feet of Our Lady … Continue reading

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