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Dear Charlie (to Charlie Baird)

Dear Charlie, It has only been a month since you died. We all miss you very much. Sheila and Lorenzo and Don and Harold and Paul send their love. I thought I would catch you up, as I need to … Continue reading

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My Mother’s House

A two-story house in Chicago. My sister rocks in a wooden rocker, clicking her knitting needles but knitting nothing, chews on her cheek. She watches me. A plump young woman walks in from the kitchen, runs toward me with open … Continue reading

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A Day That Will Live in Infamy

DECEMBER 7, 2020: A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY More people died today of Covid-19 than did the Navy personnel at Pearl Harbor in 1941. We salute the brave men and women who today gave their lives for Donald … Continue reading

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Bellies

Stillness, Saturday afternoon, the river was still and the sky. Even the creeks were still, and a lone old man sitting on a bench, paunch-bellied and bald and sporting a Santa Claus beard, glared at me wordlessly when I wished … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Baldwin

Dear Mr. Baldwin,     We have received your application to replace Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. While we laughed at your comment, “My left testicle is smarter than Betsy DeVos,” other aspects of your resume troubled us.   … Continue reading

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Symbiosis

Brushing my old lady cat is a sensual thing, she turns on her right side switches to her left, electric purring creeps up my arm, tail tip whip-cracking and I gather up fur detritus into a ball on the oak … Continue reading

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Halloween

The sun comes put And the fields are gold For five seconds Then the clouds slash back The sky eerily masked Brown fields grey and black Five days of gloom Five seconds of light And unrelenting rainFall

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Proton Therapy

Protons It was the fifth day without sunshine, the fifth day of wind that crawls under your pant legs and stabs you and boils your face, the fifth day of cold rain, a day of wet squirrels and outdoor cats, … Continue reading

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NARCISSUS

Styrofoam cups, a plastic 7-Up bottle, a beer can And red and gold and orange autumn leaves Roll along the highway’s shoulder Gaily tossed by gusts of wind   What would fall be without Americans Tossing their detritus out car … Continue reading

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The Fifth Little Girl

They were in the downstairs church bathroom, the five girls, preparing to don their choir robes. They all had walked to the church that September 15 Sunday morning, and the weather was hot, so they “freshened up.” And you just … Continue reading

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