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Connections: January 30-31

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERANot yet, not yet

slender spires’

mute

rebuke

against the choir’s

restive swell.

When? the plaintive chorale

Wait the silent knell.

Stark and graceful allonge

above impatient fret

speaks in swinging peaceful sway

not yet

not yet

not yet.

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Connections: January 28

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAGrandma says we need fresh air!

It’s time to climb and jog!

Grandma seems a wee bit daft;

we think she’s slipped a cog.

It’s quite all right

to say OUTSIDE!

when there’s no ice floe

 on the slide,

but today it’s frozen

like our digits —

really, Grandma,

there are limits!

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Connections: January 27

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are colorless

like death

parchment shade of yourself

suspended

over winter water

— leering mirror

waggly-lined mockery of the real —

bent ever closer

to the purr of cold,

solitary

  unclothed

    but for frost’s wrap,

    rooted in a clay famine

   thick with indifference,

then

you are caregiver.

Warmth and shelter of Denial

hoarded by others,

yours the endless winter of dementia

never

never

 spring.

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Connections: January 25

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI’m so excited I’m sky-blue-pink!

I can barely write

and hardly think!

My amaryllis, so long dormant,

finally wakened

and relieved my torment.

I planted it on December 1st

zealously sunned it

and tended its thirst.

But it wouldn’t sprout

and my scruples multiplied

until last week

when I knew it hadn’t died.

A portent of great beauty

from its recalcitrant bulb gut —

you will politely refrain from noting

it looks a lot like Jabba the Hutt.

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