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Risotto

Today I stand at the counterChopping an onion with my favorite knifeAn ordinary act hardly worth notingBut todayI note it. I chop onionAdd butterPour wineAnd ease slowly into the luxury of stirring a mealFor the people I loveSavoring not the aroma of melding onions...

Falling

Yesterday as we drove to soccerThe trees waved their lovely limbsEnrobed in the muted colors of late fall.Today as we came down the roadThe trees shivered, their arms...

Yearning

Are you going to be healthy now? he asked me How can a girl answer a questionwith so many longings tied up in it The old “normal”PeaceWholenessRest not tinged with worryTogetherness with no deadline Yes, I smiled,a little too...

Small Things

I wrote this a few days after learning that I had cancer.   Now, when the gravity of life weighs too heavy on meDetails seem safe.I brush my teeth with care.I even floss.I wash a dirty plate until every speck of egg is gone.My closet is almost tidy again,...

Slur

“Chink!”She tossed the word with careless scorn,darted back into her first-grade classroom. And I, just passing in the hallway,caught it up and held it,turning it over in my hands. Like night slowly creeping inthe knowledge that it was thrown with purpose. Child...