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She was the best mom. In hard times, she’d put a Bible under my pillow so words of comfort mingled with my dreams. (Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy.) She never let a stranger-child go … Continue reading
Crowned “king of the gods” in high school, caped with scepter in hand, a gentle smile, the basketball star in our tiny world, at 21, a lieutenant in Vietnam. Bombs fell on the green villages perimeters strafed and over-run maimed … Continue reading
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
His scent lingers near his bedroom door, I sniff the air – a startled deer – then feel his absence in the molted room.
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