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Asleep Awake

Asleep Awake

We sleep and wake inside our dreams take leavings from our ancestor’s table stories that feed our hunger   uncertain dreams \telegraph clues questions linger road ahead welcomes sky offers rainbow portal   write the journey.     Copyright © Gerda Govine Ituarte ~~~ Gerda Govine Ituarte’s publication, Oh, Where Is My Candle Hat?, is a [...]

ADHD: An Honest List of Fears & Confessions

ADHD: An Honest List of Fears & Confessions

1. I fear that my legacy will be an unfinished poem. like the ones that fill my notebook; I don’t want to look back and see that I could’ve been so much more than I turned out to be.   2. My life is a series of almost’s. I fear that I will never know [...]

School Daze

School Daze

On the way Navy blue pleated jumper short-sleeved white cotton blouse two-mile walk with brother sidekick, protector “Junie” school bags lunch boxes in hand. Main Street Smell of fresh baked bread delicious samples wait for us our secret uncle opens grocery store smiles beckons lollipops us pass lockhart department store eyes wide open dark chocolate-brown [...]

Field of Poppies

Field of Poppies

I am the light that lives in me. The only voice I need tonight is here inside. Travis Dow, The Light That Lives   “Let’s go for a ride and show your mom the desert. April is the best time to see the poppies.” My husband Ralph was excited. I was tired. My head ached. [...]

Sorrow Tree

Sorrow Tree

Like a tree spills sap, I spill sorrow. My leaves, mussed by erratic, unknowable winds, grow studded with crystalline droplets of rain until the weight of it is too much for even the branch to bear. Until, one by one, each leaf drops, each tear falls – watering the roots that ripple like a river [...]

The Deflowering of Silence

The Deflowering of Silence

I. I don’t think I like you much. For starters, you have me at a disadvantage. I am not at all used to sitting at the dining hall table, on a bench beneath a tree, or beside a brook amongst tall grasses wearing not a stitch – not one! Although I suppose we could skinny [...]

Every Man an Immigrant

Every Man an Immigrant

Back home on Long Island my father’s family of origin knew within an Irish radius of 20 miles where his family had come from. A one-room straw and mud house tipping it’s roof hat to passersbys, half in the main road, halfway uphill, halfway to Roscrea, County Tipperary, halfway to the coast. Somehow it didn’t [...]

Betrayed

Betrayed

Betrayed By Julianna Jackson   Justice is not only blind, it is inept. Its abuse of power defies decency. You want my respect; I do not trust you anymore. You are not representing me. Why would I respect you? You are just bullies with badges, and the judicial system is complicit, creating monsters with guns. [...]

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Bleakness took its final breaths. Bowed gracefully from my life asyou stepped smiling in. Your lack of punctuation meant something, andI finally understood the significance of rosy-cheeked. It is the glow andhealthy circulation of one who is well and thoroughly loved. The broken elevator faced us. We wondered for a while together. Puddle hopped the niceties required of new acquaintances [...]

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

                Right about now I need waders to rake my front yard, so much exquisite, pure, unabashed, falling down, crunching, spreading out, on top of piles, piles on top of roofs, piles piling up, piling piles piling, up, down, up, autumn, it’s a lot to take in, autumn, [...]

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