After Toto—3 poems

For All Dorothys—After Toto

 I know this.  
 That strong thread that became her life,
 became your life—
 you, her special one.
 Love twins a bond that has no measure.
 I’ve had loves now gone.
 they love me like salt. 

Partly Cloudy

who knew?
 I was gone without a clock
 still avoiding shadows
 just before night
 always on this road dragging the dust,
 walking off     walking on
 where perfection rests,
 I’ve always been erasing something.
 I watch hoping for angels,
 from this vantage point,
 as a day mixes without rain. 


 like a balloon
 an intent coming through descent 
 without need or expectation
 not uniform—
 judging by form
 and wasn’t real or near yet
 its place once set high
 now, grounding 
 it was there 
 I counted back to zero
 and began with no witnesses 

Parsley in colours
Miroslava Panayotova

Judy DeCroce, is an internationally published poet, flash fiction writer, educator, and avid reader whose recent works have been published by Plato’s Cave online, North of Oxford, The Poet Magazine, Amethyst Review, The Wild Word, The BeZine, and a number of journals and anthologies. As a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre, she also offers, workshops in flash fiction. Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband poet/artist, Antoni Ooto (whose work appears elsewhere in this issue).

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