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O!

O is for the 17th Earl of Oxford, the man who wrote the Shakespeare plays, also known as Edward de Vere. Vere is the Latin root for the word “truth,” a concept that gets much play in the sonnets, along … Continue reading

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Salem (revised)

My ancestor Sarah Cloyce crouched in her jail cell remembering her sisters. Rebecca. Hung. Mary. Drowned. She herself faced drowning and wondered how it was when Mary’s lungs filled with water the air squeezed out bubbles rising to the surface. … Continue reading

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Halloween

I wore a sheet wrapped around my fluffy baby blue parka the rain stuck the sheet to the parka and I was a wet ghost My hood up, white fur around my face mittens holding out a pillowcase remembering the … Continue reading

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Car

Walking the dog I circle back over the field behind the empty high school parking lot and wait to see my daughter drive for the first time A green Honda zooms in stops with a flourish in the corner of … Continue reading

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Sonnet

written in 1979, pre-email, pre-IM, pre-Skype I feel a grief profound within my bones To be from thee exil’d across the sea And separated thus by five time zones– If thou art gone, thy love’s no good to me. Alas, … Continue reading

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Baby

Cheek faintly sweaty against my neck top of head fitting under my chin just so heat rising from the feathery hair Drifting to sleep body against body softness melting into softness boundaries blurred The mind tries to work plan. Won’t … Continue reading

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Anniversary

Sometimes anniversaries are just another day The weather is the same but I can’t conjure up what I felt three years ago today when my father died I don’t know what I felt slammed relieved unburdened just very sad My … Continue reading

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