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That Time You Said Something

“No nukes! No bad nukes!” My mom loves to tell the story of when my sister and I chanted this at the grocery store. We weren’t even old enough to go to school yet. She took pictures of us in front of the handmade Barry Commoner signs in our city yard. He was a third … Continue reading

under the comforter

  Under the Comforter I understand why people want to stay in bed all the time. There are people in our society right now that won’t get out of bed. They are too comfortable. Their bed is really nice. They love their bed. It’s nice to have a bed. Especially if you fear not having … Continue reading

Humoring the Scab

Photo Credit: Missy R. Rogers, 2019   Humoring the Scab, a.k.a. Life in a Northern Town   Life’s ultimate consequence returns me to sender, a city beaten to surrender. It’s the perfect place to say goodbye.   Church bells signal the death march from bullet-riddled building to steady streaming engine parade past the boarded up, … Continue reading

We the Hostages

The longer I live, the more I understand the pull of politics to define and separate people. It reaches across continents and sits heavy over generations of cultures determined to survive. The word terrorist has always evoked a bristle in my psyche. It is a strong word, overused definitely, that depends on perspective of the … Continue reading

The Frozen Time

  She walks in line with the devil each booted step heavier than the next.   Snippets of truth come to me and spread over my existence like the sun warms the Earth on frozen days. I am supposed to be doing something and yet the something is not defined. The complexity of knowing too … Continue reading

My Mind, At Half Mast

  I often don’t try to guess the contents of other people’s minds but observing a neighbor’s gigantic farm house addition recently stuck stubbornly to my grey matter. In front of their sprawling modern home on top of naked corn field was a tall flag pole with a Trump 2020 election flag flying high above … Continue reading

Can You Hear Me Now?

  I’ve suffered a string of dreams by night now for weeks that seem to have a common theme.  I’m arguing furiously.  I’m shouting to the point where shouting has never been louder.  I’m in the process of accomplishing something and someone stands in my way.  No matter how I phrase myself, they still don’t … Continue reading

Theft By Living

Recently, I hunted down my childhood home on Google maps.  I didn’t recognize it at first as nearly every single stitch of shrubbery, several trees, and all gardens had been stripped from the property.  The building appeared pretty much the same but without the accents of living breathing plant material, it seemed alien and strange. … Continue reading

If You Lead, Someone Will Follow

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash   I didn’t know it was World Kindness Day.  I didn’t know there was a World Kindness Day.  It seems rather silly to have all days that honor a vast array of things and this one in particular seems like a thing we shouldn’t have to be reminded of … Continue reading

Never Let Someone Else Determine You

This poem was previously published in the Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class Literature, Partisan Press, 2013.   The Asymmetry of a Rainy Wednesday   Two men in golf shirts laughed at me for giving a dollar to a homeless man on a bridge. “Young lady, do you have a ten?” one asked … Continue reading

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