Batting a Thousand

I was talking to someone the other day about my college days and when I mentioned the road trips with the guys in the basketball booster club, he suggested I probably had a great time practicing my flirting on them. I told him I knew nothing about flirting back then (or now) but he pointed…

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,…

In Spite of You

You can tell yourself that you did it for me. Kept your distance, stayed silent, to give me time and space. But the truth is you were avoiding my tears. They make you angry. You think I cry to evoke some reaction, some action, some feeling, from you. Perhaps they make you feel just a…

An Open Letter

You know who you are. You’re someone who I used to call “friend.” You were his friend, or family, first, but we were friends too, weren’t we? I made a mistake, though. I reached out to you in frustration and vented too much. I said things that weren’t nice. It’s not my usual style. I…

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…

Doing the Best We Can

“We’re always perfect, always beautiful, and ever-changing. We’re doing the best we can with the understanding, knowledge, and awareness we have.” Louise Hay. My 10th wedding anniversary is in a couple of weeks. Over the last couple of days I’ve thought about writing another poem or letter, or sending a card to mark the occasion….