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The Day After

The Day After Starlings erupt from a distant fieldlike an avian disease infecting the skyafter exhausting their previous host. The flock calligraphs my child’s name,mocking my grief and pareidolia. (For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Avian and a Bernie’s challenge to … Continue reading

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After the Opera

After the Opera I once told you that no great opera had a happy ending and our affair was predestined for the stage. And years after the curtain fell on our drama, the cymbals clash and the gong echoes away— … Continue reading

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Canis Redivivus!

Canis Redivivus! My dog sleeps like a beach towel drying in the sunafter a vibrant afternoon throwing his tennis ballinto the lake, scaring fish and snapping gnats. When he’s had his fill of fecund water, he collapsesonto the sand, panting, … Continue reading

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Orangery

Orangery He lives in an orangeryprotected from harsh winterby the warmth of inheritanceand orange privilege Like many citrus scionshe assumes it’s bad luckor poor planning that leavesthe rest of us out in the cold The world must seem opulentwith tropical … Continue reading

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The Great Race

The Great Race “The planet was dominated by a bipedal species for a few thousand years.It is unclear if they achieved sentience.”~ Notes from a future survey of the Earth It’s race between instinct and intellect,between our baser demons and … Continue reading

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Stand With Me

Stand with mewhile wildfires race the windand ash clouds the sky.I’ll wipe your tears. Stand with mewhile flash floods scour the cityand debris tumbles by.I won’t let go. Stand with mewhile gunshots echo off hillsand anger crowds the people.I’ll be … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories of an Afternoon Nap

Childhood Memories of an Afternoon Nap Sneaking out the bedroom windowjumping off the porch roofrunning to the park pastthe fragrant rose bushes Climbing the cherry treeback to the turtle sandboxwith our crimson treats Then to the big swingswhere we pump … Continue reading

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They, Too

They, Tooafter I, Too by Langston Hughes They, too, sing America. Our brothers with slightly darker skin,who built the table, and all our sisters,who cook our suppers, they deserve their placebeside us and not to be confined to the kitchenor … Continue reading

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Brevity, with apologies to William Shakespeare

Brevity It’s the soul of witor a bowl of spitcan’t remember (for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, “Brevity” in 12 words.) If you missed this past Sunday’s FUMFA Poets & Writers Live, you can still watch it on YouTube. I … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen

I wouldn’t dare say that to your facebut I am talking to you:all the women I’ve objectified,all the women I’ve ignored,all the women I’ve interrupted,all the women I’ve discounted,all the women I’ve paid lessyet expected more. A woman’s place is … Continue reading

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