Monthly Archives: May 2008

THE BRUISE

I studied the bruise right above my right wrist. Its life began when I was careless in handling wood but not so careless as to need stitches. It came out and displayed its colors in a perfect circle and it … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL DAY (WHICH USED TO BE ON MAY 30TH)

Ray Dowd was a kid when I was a younger kid. When he became the first casualty in our home town from World War II we young ones were incredulous. Every year for the past sixty-five years I have mourned … Continue reading

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THE FROST

On the last day of April the last frost of spring was laid upon the roof tops, lawns and flowers here. I watched the sparkling silver slowly disappear. Sun beams came through trees like giant straws — sucked up the … Continue reading

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I MOURN AND CELEBRATE

I mourn and celebrate most every day — days never so dark I cannot marvel — never so bright that sadness does not intervene. We’re made for laughter — made for tears. And if the years do anything at all … Continue reading

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THE WAVE

The Caring wave resembled a tsunami. It started days before: telephone calls — e-mails — food — friends recent and long standing — relatives from far and near. It crested at the grave side and then began withdrawing. Where once … Continue reading

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SOME POEMS

Some published poems I read I fail to comprehend their merit. Others, I sense, are likely good but do not resonate with me. Still others I relegate to so-so. Occasionally I am deeply moved while reading one and wish that … Continue reading

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THE PRAYER LIST

I scan the weekly prayer list delivered to the houses here — even those where nonbelievers dwell. The names mentioned are folks in need of spiritual attention. I look to see if I am on that list but find the … Continue reading

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COMMON GROUND

                 Once             upon a time                   we              were not.                 Then               we were.                  Now                we are                  and              we will be                   until            we cease to be.

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YIELDING TO DOGGEREL

 The sun is up and so am I. Though I am old enough to die I’ve often beat the odds before and trust I’ll beat them some years more. By then, I think, I’ll yield to time — give up … Continue reading

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SIMPLE PLEASURES

Just beyond the red bud tree — over there in the pasture three cows are walking slowly south with heads bent harvesting the new spring grass. I write a line or two — look up and they are gone from … Continue reading

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