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Up in my figurative tower Growing out my hair Confined, cornered, Her tight hold on my soul Mirrored only by the way she held the brush And band For another twist Or braid Manipulate my spirit, my voice In, out, down, through, under, twist, braid, tight, tighter, tighter…. Continue reading



Who hired me as architect for your early life? My experiences with Legos are hardly Sufficient credentials, I think…. Still, I labor Planning the experiences that will build You. Modifying blueprints as my on-the-job training requires Will you love soccer, ballet, the trombone? More importantly, will you love Yourself? Your fellow beings? Your God? With … Continue reading


Young Again

When I die, will you paint me Young again…? Eyes set forward, without tears for Ethan’s cancer at age six (he was here oh-so-briefly) Brow long and high, not with wrinkles borne of worry for Kaitlin’s solo, Jonathan’s baseball championship, and later Kaitlin’s failing marriage, Jonathan’s lost job, and even later Burying Jim after thirty-six … Continue reading


Music Within

The notes don’t come as easily as they once did And yet, in some ways, they are easier Maybe her fingers are more nimble from the hours of Hand-holding Bread-kneading Math-problem-solving…? Hours at her disposal are no longer available For practice And yet, When she sits to play, as she once did Several lifetimes ago … Continue reading



Struggling Grasping Groping Shifting Existing Wanting Needing Waiting and waiting and waiting (being acted upon) And finally Letting go. Sailing Soaring Moving Building Growing Learning Loving Living Free to act Free to choose Free to be Sans fear, sans reservation, sans anxiety Simply free. –Karin Salisbury Continue reading


After All

Street lamps burn white holes into The darkest of night’s skies. People still walk Along the paved grey concrete stripes Past shops that closed hours (or days) ago Past squares of green and colors Past homeless artists up past their bedtimes They are singing songs that were popular decades ago…. Young couples share their first … Continue reading