family

Now and later: best wishes from Poem Elf

My nephew got married a few weeks ago in a joyful rumpus of a wedding followed by a mellower brunch the next day. I waited till the last minute to poem-elf the couple, and then I was disappointed I couldn’t get in their locked car to hide poems.  But it worked out.  In the absence […]

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The rewards of waddling and pushing

Forgive me a little bragging about my mother’s day presents. They may not look like much, but as with people, what’s inside holds the most importance.   Let’s open the book first.  I read once that Jackie Kennedy had her children hand-copy and illustrate a poem every year for her birthday.  These she kept in […]

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Here comes the bride and a few poems too

My niece and goddaughter got married last weekend in Maryland.  It was a great occasion to celebrate with my family (70 and counting), and a great occasion for poem elfing.     There’s no poem hidden in this picture but I do think I captured one in her expression. Look how she grips her father […]

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Goodbye, little boy

  After the Children Leave Home   by Maria Mazziotti Gillan       Slowly, we settle into the quiet house.   We almost grow accustomed to the noise   of absence, that terrible stillness   that slides along carpeted surfaces.   “The house is so quiet without them,”   you say, your voice husky […]

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Liver for my father

like so: This poem is very long and I’m unable to find a copy of it online (and unwilling to type it up myself), so my photographs will be the only version of the text available. Here goes:   Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my father’s death.  A lot of the family commemorated the […]

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