Eurydice, Eurydice I felt what felt like love to me Thy form, thy shape, I often ape Thy shadow hides inside my mind Thy words I still hear in my mouth.   Eurydice, Eurydice It used to be  I cherished thee The lens of time, a prism fine Bent love into a different shape. […]

Unbalanced Mother love, I will not visit. You left my father. I feel unsteady. All my life, my young girl life, I wanted nothing so much as your freedom from his poisonous claws. I am 35. This altered scene, a family split –  the final stroke that felled the tender illusion that some things don’t […]

A Morning For Roses

A Morning For Roses It’s strange to meet November wearing September’s formal dresses Of liquid gold maples, rusty oaks and 70 degree days. Who knows why this season is thusly changed? I don’t complain. At any rate my garden explodes in rose blooms – one particular variety so fragrant it’s almost obscene. I only take a […]

Coffee Shop

5am on Mondays I wake to give 5.5 hours to the world. I tamp espresso grounds, percolate drip coffee, giggle with other baristas, burn myself on every hot surface. Regulars arrive and leave. First names attach themselves to faces. Empty hands are outfitted in cups. I’m still learning their particulars but I can nail a […]

I Lift Up Mine Eyes

They rise. Bastions of the Ohio Valley – Cliffs of impressive height with shoulders of limestone. Follicles of oak and maple, elm and ash extrude from their stony skin. Trees along each summit are  jagged crenelations shaping my sky.   One feels low here, far from the heavens, nestled in this geological fortress, safe in the embrace of […]