Category Archives: Poetry

Chicken Sandwiches at the Root Beer Stand in Marion

Chicken Sandwiches at the Root Beer Stand in Marion For Cousin Cherri  June 2017 In summer heat, and bored with euchre or parcheesi, Someone would say, usually my Nan, “Let’s go to the root beer stand for chicken sandwiches.” Chopped … Continue reading

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Genetics Lesson

Genetics Lesson LLyn De Danaan June 2017 For Family They pile on To greet Like puppies Warm and smooth, some soothing brown  or honey tinged They touch or brush So hair or finger tips can meet And each one’s face … Continue reading

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My Grandma

My grandma sat beside the stove and slope-rimmed scuttle Enveloped in a wooden rocker and an Afghan shawl or throw. Her hair was black as coal. And always was. Her legs were saplings clothed in sagging, heavy Stockings. Opaque, and … Continue reading

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Two Hills

Two Hills For my cousin Pete Patterson June 2017 There was a standpipe On the highest rise, Above my Grandma’s house. And to the west, a cemetery Always neatly shorn Forbidding to a child born from its ceremony. It was … Continue reading

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Participation Mystique: Number One

Not risotto, you fool. Radicchio. Participation mystique: “a kind of psychological connection with objects in which the subject cannot clearly distinguish himself from the object.” To this I dedicate my work in the coming year. Number One Off to the … Continue reading

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Report from a Kayak 2009

Tonight the wind came up. I watched the birth of white caps. A solitary cormorant, head like a worked point, flew low across the bay. Later, the dog and I played fetch the decoy. The cat watched from a bleached … Continue reading

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My Trip to Mongolia

Gordon Blue and Bobby Burns…..met up once in Ulan Bataar Said old Bobby to Gordon I’m a dying of boredom Let’s go in to that nice Irish bar I rode in at dawn On a camel named Khan And my thirst’s … Continue reading

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Easy to Empty My Mind Here: A Few Poems from Mongolia

Easy to Empty My Mind Here: A Few Poems from Mongolia August 17, 2011 at 7:51pm #1 Flap of felt in wind Outside, camels close their eyes Sleep is hard to come. #2 Morning sun subtle Dawn breaks without announcement … Continue reading

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A Hare’s Breath

Memoir A hare’s breath or a hair’s breadth? I’ve come that close to the edge so many times. I choose the sweet hare’s breath then use her whiskers to measure how nearly I’ve come to missing my appointment with destiny. … Continue reading

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Bipedalism is Uncritically Accepted as a Given

Bipedalism is Uncritically Accepted as a Given Among Humans   “Walking assuages or legitimizes…alienation.” Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit         July 32 2014   I did not crawl. Some say that’s a shame And did something to the development … Continue reading

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