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Three poems by Judy DeCroce

Senseless Hope

she worries about losing

but not yet, not now


senseless hope can’t be found


it is definite…

she will always be ill

a beginning that will now 

be forever


I see it, when she does not

sometimes friends replace mirrors


but she is still herself in these moments 

with sense of humor fading 



less, too much…

all shocking but eminent


diagnosis, pills, doctors watching,

talking, watching



Still Trying


“We are losing altitude all the time” 

—Josephine Miles

Gravity and time must be the story,

strength…the music causing this smile.


Stepping to a mirror,

baring all you’ve become…


already, some is gone in the falling,

yet most remains. 


Anyway…that’s what we do.

late, early


Obstacles, challenges,

stepped over as they rise.


That horizon is a goal not always ahead.

It slips the lead, follows, or moves beside.


Today, yesterday, tomorrow,

that’s what we do…trying the best we can.


A Measure of Certainty

memories once carried off 

even with all my hurry


were certainly too late

no longer lasting 


sometimes a lost memory is the future

forever an empty field


I feel guilty 

the whole time.

© 2020, Judy DeCroce

Judy DeCroce, a former educator, is a poet/flash fiction writer and avid reader. Her works have been published by Plato’s Cave online, Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, Tigershark Publishing, and Pilcorw & Dagger.
She began writing flash fiction and poetry in 2006 from which many have been published in US, UK, and India. Judy is also a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre for over 35 years, and has worked with students as young as kindergarten as well as adults.
She uses “first person” storytelling to entertain and has been invited to perform in many settings.
A requested instructor in Writers and Books summer program Summerwrite, and, ADEPT: An enrichment program through BOCES 2 in Rochester, New York, Judy continues to teach Flash Fiction and Storytelling.
Her impetus for writing was borne out a childhood tragedy where she was bedridden for 5 years with a then unidentified illness. Because of this, she found it easy to use her imagination to build stories of what could be. 
She was lucky to have a favorite aunt who would tell her stories before she went to sleep. This, was her most important connection to becoming the storyteller she is today.
Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband, poet/artist, Antoni Ooto.


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