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Solace

A few days after Christmas, a dear friend from high school passed away after a 15-year battle with breast cancer.  When I first met Christine freshman year, she was the prettiest girl I’d ever met and certainly the friendliest.  Anyone sizing up the two of us—she blond and bubbly, me silent and awkward—would not have […]

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Carrying love in a wallet

“Tomber amoureux. To fall in love. Does it occur suddenly or gradually? If gradually, when is the moment “already”? I would fall in love with a monkey made of rags. With a plywood squirrel. With a botanical atlas. With an oriole. With a ferret. With a marten in a picture. With the forest one sees […]

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Seemed like a thoughtful gift at the time

Worse than delivering a joke that falls flat is delivering a present that offends.  Offensive presents induce not just embarrassment but guilt as well, a guilt that can flame up and redden cheeks even years after.  Once I spearheaded a group gift of an adult tricycle for my mother, who was less ready to give […]

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Fruit and shade in Minnesota

  This Marriage – Ode 2667 by Rumi May these vows and this marriage be blessed. May it be sweet milk, this marriage, like wine and halvah. May this marriage offer fruit and shade like the date palm. May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day a day in paradise. May this marriage […]

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Love and body odor

La Vita Nuova   by Dante Alighieri   In that book which is my memory . . . On the first page that is the chapter when I first met you appear the words . . . Here begins a new life     Until I read this poem I never considered what moment in […]

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Ready for my close-up

I Want to Breathe by James Laughlin I want to breathe – you in I’m not talking about perfume or even the sweet odour – of your skin but of the air itself I want to share – your air inhaling what you exhale I’d like to be that – close two of us breathing […]

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Turn back, oh Maud

  When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats     When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;   How many loved your moments of […]

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Love under the elms

Love Song by William Carlos Williams Sweep the house clean, hang fresh curtains in the windows put on a new dress and come with me! The elm is scattering its little loaves of sweet smells from a white sky! – Who shall hear of us in the time to come? Let him say there was […]

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