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A LOVE STORY

         

Sneaking out to smoke

among the tasseled corn, kissing

boys under the peach tree

that her father, gasping for air,

chopped down to spite her – 

she came to love two

and could not choose between them. 

If she secretl...

THREE GIFTS IN A LOST CHRISTMAS

              1.

       Perhaps skip the tree this year?

An irreverent thought

for one who loves all the Christmas rituals –

giving myself permission

to not d...

WAKING UP

        After books, a song and bottle,

I think my granddaughter will sleep

through the night.

But at the stroke of twelve, as in

the Cinderella story, the spell I cast

is broken. She wakes up. 

I try everything, except

letting her cry h...

            The Old Woman Thinks the Doll Alive

She feeds and comforts her,

changes her diapers, hums a lullaby.

In rare lucid moments, she knows

            the doll is not real – See,...

THE GOWN’S SECRETS

The pale silk gown hangs

in a garment bag in the attic.

On its lace bodice, seven tiny pearls 

stitched into each embroidered flower.

Eighteen knife pleats stream

from mid-back to the floor. 

See through –

too sensual for a high school prom.

And not my weddin...

            BARELY OCTOBER

The leaves of the three trees out front

not yet transformed by nip and chill –

frozen in last night’s early snow.

Falling – every one,

in multitudes all at once.

Not like years past . . .

a glow surr...

                WEDDING TALK

Change occurs at the edge of things,

the groom said, looking at the photograph

he’d taken of blueberry bushes burning

crimson in autumn on Dolly Sod.

I think of the sun’s bow...

CHECKING BAGGAGE

A place between 

good-bye and hello,

here and there –

today the airport is deserted.

Few fellow travelers

with whom it is safe

to share secrets,

and fewer behind counters,

who speak of baggage

carried or stowed away,

and of destination.

Instead of a smiling face,

a...

            BELOW THE SURFACE

                   – after an untitled piece by Naomi Richman, a 10th grader at Boulder High 

The kit...

THE MODEL AND HER ARTIST

              after “Woman Combing Her Hair,”

              charcoal by Edgar Degas

Naked but for bold red slippers –

she sits c...

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