Category Archives: Poems & Photographs

Francine in Paris -Day 2

Today was a lovely, sunny, coolish day in Paris – just cold enough for some to wear their full-length mink coats and for others to sit outside of a cafe with a bottle of wine on ice.    Not me, … Continue reading

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Francine in Paris – Day 1

One of the pleasures of travel is meeting folks along the way. On the 9 1/2 hour flight from Seattle to Paris today, I encountered a Brit who investigated UFO sitings for the British department of  Defense.  He flew to … Continue reading

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Sr. Antoinette at the Monastery

Now is her quiet season all the contemplation a meditation within all turned inward, a divina lectio.   She said, everything we do must be spiritual, bloom with intention, a deepening of the spirit, the singing of the psalms, the … Continue reading

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At the Nursing Home

As I walk in, a woman straightens the chair on the patio outside her room. Her Easter lily, parched, sits untended, one bloom left. As I pass she says, I’m nuts, and blows me kisses, her fingers touching her lips … Continue reading

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For Encouragement

I send you my daughter who could not be her body magical as fog rising in wisps among the grasses playing dress-up laughing wrapping herself in parachute silk dancing free in the hills of cedar   FEWalls

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Departure

His scent lingers near his bedroom door, I sniff the air – a startled deer – then feel his absence in the molted room.

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The Folly

If I were young in Wales, and studying Chaucer in Swansea with students from Llanelli or Carmarthen or Merthyr Tydfil, I would hear the cleaning woman who chatted as she worked near my room that overlooked the gardens not the … Continue reading

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Samples of Stitching April 8, 1935

In the notebook, five by eight inches, are examples of sewing arranged on lined paper that my mother made in high school. Cardboard, front and back, then a metal ring holds all the pages together. The examples of her work … Continue reading

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Farewell

When I am turned to ash I want you knowing that I hear your footfalls in the ancient forest, the scream of hawks, the water crazy-mad flowing down to the sea   and I want you knowing that I see … Continue reading

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Denial

That slip of the mind That momentary disengagement Like the clutch in the old Dodge   I think: I have to get a message to her Then: how can I get a message to her As if it were a … Continue reading

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