Monthly Archives: December 2009

LEGACY

I’ve only done a little here and there in all my years — not a thing outstanding. Once upon a time I think I cared but now that I am old I’m less demanding. I don’t believe  I could have … Continue reading

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I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING

These days the sky comes late and walkers of the dawn must  wait to step into its shadows. And even then there’s little clarity at first.. The other day I thought I saw a fallen bird lying by the roadside. … Continue reading

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IT’S NICE TO BE WARM IN THE COLD

The frost was thorough. It hardly missed a thing: roof tops, bushes — mail boxes, the road, and branches all pristine white — almost as if it snowed. My breath came out like smoke. Puddles had turned to ice. I … Continue reading

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THE THIEF

The serious wind stole all our leaves beneath the pear tree and set them in our neighbor’s yard. Instead of raking, as I had planned, I’ll sit  a little longer here and watch tree branches sway and fiddle with a … Continue reading

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TASTING SNOW FLAKES

The conditions have to be just right: very  little wind and big snow flakes. Your tongue has to be extended its full length and your neck has to allow you to look skyward even if you close your eyes. If … Continue reading

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THE TRAIN

I believe I would have smiled a little when I was in the prime of life if I  knew of an old man who bought an inexpensive battery operated electric train train for $15.95 made in China and pulled it … Continue reading

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HE CAN’T HELP HIMSELF

He has a habit of doing good. He can’t help himself. He has an eye for neediness and gets involved. He has a reputation around here. I do good sometimes but it’s not a habit. Guilt sometimes motivates me when … Continue reading

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THE SEND OFF

Most dawns come so slowly that you don’t really see the light’s increase — it’s just that you’re aware it’s getting brighter. Most days are born that way — gradually. I find in their gradual coming a great time for … Continue reading

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THE CORRIDOR OF TIME

The corridor of time that I’ve walked through for many years has slowly narrowed — almost imperceptibly — almost. But I’ve noticed lately there’s less room to maneuver.

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THE EMPTY HOUSE NEXT DOOR

While sitting in our living room I feel an old ambiance disrupted. Nothing has changed in our home but our neighbors have moved away and there is an empty house next door. There is a sadness that has come to … Continue reading

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