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In Gratitude

In Gratitude

I read 49 books in 2018. What I have learned is I’m happiest on my east-facing blue chair, Mama’s silk blanket folded on my lap gifted to me on my wedding day – a day my seasons changed. On occasion I look up from my […]

Old Friends

Old Friends

We know each other’s stories There is not much to say but watch Ice particles garnish the stuck windowpane. I lick my fingers one by one The smell of honey mustard lingers like one who wants to stay. “More tea?” she asks with eyes half […]

Help Us Understand

Help Us Understand

When your tongue has
fed voraciously
on every morsel known to man
and with pants rolled up, your exfoliated feet
have stepped on powdered sands
When your eyes are aglow with the colors
of many a foreign sky
and your skin radiant with potions and nutrients
D E and K
When your limbs are
stroked and caressed by velvet and silk…
and by many a woman and man
When you walk into a room anywhere in the world
and the world in concert bows
When all you need do is reach out
with one uncertain hand
Tell us, pray,
why then do you embrace the darkness?
With Love

With Love

Today is my mother’s birthday. I count on my fingers the number of years I have been living without her presence. Five. Hmm. I thought it was six. Already I’m losing sight of her. Her voice. Her peculiar expression. Somewhere between knowledge and fear. And […]

Do You Remember Dear?

Do You Remember Dear?

Now here we are in the autumn of our lives two old coots you in your sweater two sizes too small with a taste for bran muffins, crumb cake et al and I with my grey hair, skin tags, wrinkles and all not covering my […]

A Moment

A Moment

One radiant week
Is all I get with you. India.
I squeeze each moment
Until my fingers lock,
Plant it lovingly in a crevasse of blood and bone
To take root and serve as memory’s flower.
It is years before I see it again … that moment-
Full bodied, dancing with tantalizing grace.
And even as I watch the stunning encore
I fear
Out in the open
It will surely diminish in charm
And leave me forever
Without flower
Without grace
Without moment.