Monthly Archives: January 2019

Breath

Obsessed of late with someone’s stricken lung, impressed with every pulmonary fact I have to learn, has given wisdom tongue I hear, who’s known for years that I’ve ransacked with smoking arrogance my breathing tree. Tobacco first and then the … Continue reading

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ABCs

I never angled for a better school; I figured safe and good was hard to miss. I didn’t want to elevate a fool in family, or ignorance as bliss. Although scholastic days were overlong, experience with boredom is a skill … Continue reading

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Skyward

The rain at 10 p.m. last Sunday night concluded days unsettled, gray, and wet. I stepped outside to savor sound and sight, and looking up, I noted heaven’s net of stars – amid the drizzle shone the belt and sword … Continue reading

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Processing

I went to bed a little after 9 the other night, although that might result in pre-dawn waking. I could read the sign of stress in neck and belly: much tumult from tenants and concern about a kid confirmed my … Continue reading

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The Day of the Lab Tests

I thought the fasting rule meant no caffeine; I spent my first three hours coffee-less. I walked in January brown and green and gave up blood and urine for some tests. It wasn’t all that difficult. No bad occurred. The … Continue reading

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Listage

I used a monthly planner till a year ago, when I cut back as office thrall. I bought a tiny calendar but near misplaced it in my bag, it was so small. Selecting something bigger now, I got a sturdy … Continue reading

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Murmuring

Consumed with judgments no one wants to hear, I let the criticism rip inside: unfocused; sloppy; paralyzed by fear; deluded by a needy ego; pride engendered by a spoiled attitude and peppered with a petulance as strong as conscience ought … Continue reading

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Auto-Shame

My mother shared her people-watching skills with me, in airports, shopping malls, subways. Conjecturing on strangers gave her thrills; her plans for their improvement would amaze and make me note her subjects were obese – she whispered overloud about their … Continue reading

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Three Score and Nine

It feels like I should write a poem today and savor it, along with nuts and wine and cheesecake. I’ll select some words to say here’s something for attaining 69. Of course I never contemplated this advancing to an age … Continue reading

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Retro Diagnosis

“Is there depression in your family?” she asked me after marrying my son and giving birth to their first progeny. I indicated no. “Most everyone is willful, prone to anger. We’re complex but rarely down, and seldom sad for long.” … Continue reading

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