Visiting Norma

VISITING NORMA At Mt. Carmel, an assisted living facility, I visited my Aunt Norma today. My heart was heavy and sad – I didn’t know when I’d be back – I live two states away. We sat outdoors in the warm May air. As her Chihuahua sniffed around in...

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools, oil painting by Barbara Waterman-Peters. She’s also painted two companion pieces.   “SHIP OF FOOLS” Reflection on an oil painting by Barbara Waterman-Peters   In Barbara’s painting, Ship of Fools, a crow sits on the mast, and two others...

WILD HORIZON

“Wild Horizon,” oil painting by Anna Patricia Keller WILD HORIZON      Inspired by “Wild Horizon,” oil painting by Anna Patricia Keller There’s a rugged line in the west today, a brown-black row of clouds that hovers, curling into itself like waves with...

THAT SUMMER, a poem…

THAT SUMMER In the decade before I was born, everyone was a Betty or a Beverly, or a Mary Lou, and their hair was flipped up and the skirts were poodles. But when I was young, it was Sunday and it was Easter, and it was the ‘60s, and I wore a new dress that my my...

AT THE EDGE

AT THE EDGE My friend Dan lives at the edge of the earth, two blocks from the ocean. If he looks past the diving gulls and breaking waves, he may see Hawaii way out there, floating peacefully in the Pacific.   Dan spends his days writing fiction, telling the...

Souvenir

SOUVENIR   Take me back to that night back to the river – with its sleek stones for skipping across the water, summer trees reaching bank to bank, and me, a teenager then, sitting on the sandbar beneath someone else’s stars.   I did not belong there...