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September 2016

Monthly Archives

  • Ellis Island Time Machine

    Ellis Island Time
    Machine

    We agree to pay
    the crazy fee
    for a fake immigrant
    snapshot.

    Sue and I,
    we know how to
    be tourists,
    even traveling
    through space and time,
    thinking
    maybe this really could
    be a
    portal into history
    or at least
    imagination.

    Maybe I’ll find
    out if Grandma was right
    when she said
    her family did come over
    on the Cauliflower.

  • Phoebe

    PHOEBE

    I so very much like knowing

    that Phoebe Willard
    married her beau Sampson
    and took the name
    Phoebe Worcester,
    which different reports
    cite in various ways.
    My favorite
    is Phebe Wooster.

    If I were ever to write kids books
    about dogs, I’d change my name
    to Phoebe Woofster.

  • Fourth Clarinet

    FOURTH CLARINET

    In Junior High Band,
    near-sighted and gangly,
    I played fourth clarinet,
    pretty much all one note.

    I didn’t know where to put my feet
    or my gaze, didn’t know nuthin’
    except life had to get better
    because out of my sight,
    stars were shining, writing, painting,
    singing, sailing, climbing, running,
    laughing, dancing, flying,
    and calling me on on on.

  • Post Secrets

    POST SECRETS

    I don’t remember my mom ever
    skating but I remember her
    complaining about having once
    had ugly dark brown skates.
    Ah, the perils of being the youngest
    child — hand-me-down skates,
    designed for hockey, not for
    flair, style, flash, or twirling
    under ice rink lights
    or a diamond-studded December sky.

  • DEBBIE ON A TRIKE

    Second oldest among our batch
    of local cousins, Debbie was
    the one we did adore and
    watch to learn those
    girlie things like
    how to hold kittens (not),
    polish our nails,
    walk like a lady,
    and learn to
    keep secrets.

  • Magic Kitchen

    MAGIC KITCHEN

    Seriously, I do not know
    what went on in that kitchen
    when I was not at home, so
    tulips may well have flourished
    there, springing fully bloomed
    from cups of Red Rose Tea,
    Sanka, Swiss Miss Cocoa,
    and heaping plates of
    whoopie pies.

  • Forever Young

    FOREVER YOUNG

    She was one of those friends
    you know will be there forever.

    And so she is
    in dreams, in songs, in memories.

    She was one of those friends
    you know will be there forever.

    Whenever you start to imagine
    you are all alone,
    remember a rainy day,
    a photo booth,
    pizza,
    and a grape (soda).