Sparks

I’ve been thinking a lot about us — I know that’s no surprise. A new year brings back memories of paths traveled, promises made and all that each word implied. We thought coincidence was actually fate leading us time and again toward each other, until finally, at last the spark ignited and all I could…

I Drew Myself a Bath

Tonight I drew myself a bath. Surrounded by bubbles and  steam I thought about that kettle, the one I thought was worn through. I thought about that  woman on the edge, afraid, still wanting, needing,  to take that last step and fly. I thought about Jenny,  crying alone in her  bed while John retreated to…

What Could go Right?

When I started my job about twenty five and a half years ago, I didn’t think I would make it through my probationary period. I was intimidated by the technical aspect. I knew nothing about engineering, air compressors, or industrial equipment. This was a much bigger organization than any I’d ever worked for, except for…

Ocean

She came to the ocean to pray.  To walk on the cool, damp sand and feel its grit between her toes.  She came to feel the wind touch her face. Anywhere else it would be a blast of cold and bitter air, blowing through her and taking with it the last bit of hope, desire,…

Just a Date

“It’s just a date on the calendar,” he said.The same man who remembered all the dates.The day he saw The Stones on SNL.The day he decided he would be a father.But December 18?It’s just a day. The day we said “I do” with our childrenat our side, holding handsand joining my family to his. Now…

Chains

My crochet hooks have been resting since that awful day in May.Thinking ‘bout that fateful day can still make my resolve go astray. I set my project aside; there were more important things to do.It’s now more than six months later and there are still some things overdue. On my end, some of these things…

Day by Day

Day was breaking as I threw wide the curtains,revealing a rising sun and a glowing sky.I smiled at the sight and said to myself:I think it’s time you start saying goodbye. Say goodbye to weepy days, full of melancholy.Wipe off the tears and don’t think about regret.Those years were happy and full of love.There’s no…

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeHow lovely are thy branches?Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeNo, really: how lovely are they? Are your boughs green in wintertime?Will they hold up my ornaments?Oh Tannenbaum, oh Christmas treeWhen will you ever get here? Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeAre you lost in neverland?Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeDid…

Gentle with my Heart

Wandering through downtown’s historic streetsI enjoyed the familiar sights, sounds, and sceneswith pastries and a conversation at the Station beforea final stop at a landmark shop for a Titanic pound of beans. A thoughtful note from a friend and a distanced hugbrought back the still painful loss of my dadalong with thoughts of another I…