On the Way There
In sunlight with a backward wave, I cross the street I know so well. Leaving gossip back there on our shared stoop… continuing the ordinary, my every day, and in five steps…I disappear. ~ Joan, you left your face in that mirror— a warm scent, a draft. Anyway, it didn’t seem the last time until his pickup plowed through that summer morning— plowed through sunshine, sparkle…into you. Time slipped away, though hope was possible, and time stayed closed against his roar. Now in this quieter year, answers don't come, but your absence does. What’s left? Only memories that wrap themselves away when it shouldn’t have been the last time.
Above my chair pigeons shuffle, ticking the skylights. In that reel, birds stare into an examining room. My wait is usual, routine, each time longer. And fear, full of imagination, begins to cloud my mind. life consumes time time consumes life This child will be examined but not explained— that is for adults. Answers are being searched for and I’m only the subject left to watch pigeons. and finally, an unsettling quiet— an intersection where chance meets destiny in a room at the edge of summer they’ll try…again, I’ll wait—worry, never imagining 50 years later… she would be me.
Some Skirts are Made for Twirling
and she hummed her dance in canvas sneakers a gyroscope of movement measured steps efficient—true basement, attic, back yard, chores always in play filling the ever-possible days of “hunky-dory” chasing the task, moving along; cooking, shopping, years of nursing, all while humming, then confusion cut in and she couldn’t remember those practiced steps, stumbling till the dance was over.
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Judy DeCroce and Antoni Ooto
Poet/professional storyteller/educator Judy DeCroce, and poet/ abstract expressionist artist Antoni Ooto are based in Upstate New York. Married and sharing a love of poetry, they spend their mornings imaging, discussing, and refining their poems. Judy DeCroce and Antoni Ooto have been published globally in print, online, and in anthologies.