Category Archives: Poems and Other Reflections

Writings on subjects related to fear.

Knee High by the 4rth of July

I always have this sense of “oh crap” on the 4rth of July because, for some reason, it means that summer is half over. That, of course, is nonsense. The Summer Solstice was June 20 and the Fall Equinox will … Continue reading

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My GPS Has an Anxiety Disorder

“In one mile turn left at North Avenue. Then keep left.”   Her voice is calm and steady, full of authority. I usually do what she says. Sometimes I want to do it my way. I turn left when she says … Continue reading

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When I Can’t Eat Chocolate

Grief … It hits us in the gut and threatens to buckle our knees and leave us crumpled on the floor racked helplessly with sobs. Grief possesses us like a massive muscle spasm. When we are in grief we have a … Continue reading

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A Christmas Poem

On Christmas morning, Standing before the tree, Lights dazzling; Packages calling my name from every corner of the room. Snow has fallen overnight. The world outside is white. Our living room (just a room when I went to bed) Is … Continue reading

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Walking the Earth

My dad died in 1990 at eighty-one. At the wake (called a visitation where I come from), I stood in front of his casket and thought, “his time to walk the Earth is over.” I began to think about my … Continue reading

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Why Did I Do This?

In front of me, the sky is clear and blue. I am getting closer to it by the second. My heart is starting to beat faster and my entire body is a knot. Why did I do this, I am … Continue reading

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Cats and Bags and Yoga Mats

I shop at Trader Joe’s a lot and they use paper bags with paper loop handles on them, one on each side. I place a TJ Bag on the floor near my front door and use it for paper recycling. … Continue reading

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