“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
— Mother Teresa
Sun is treasure and with the right breeze
I’ll pick up the flutter, stir the dust.
The impulse to verse nags yet
the paw prints are new and not enough
to shake the fallen leaves from their
Sun is treasure and with the right prayer,
who knows. I am here and I am not
here. I am a
body in a state in a steamer lounger and I am
the history of my novel.
Will I walk into the waves and take
my last breath? Will I
return to Osmond in Italy?
Will I drink the quinine once too
often? When the trains run beside my house,
will I take a long passage
under the charge to grab the brass
ring of my own self-rhapsody? If I
get my name in the title will I
end up dead?
Better to don the red cloak and
face the witch before the fire.
Better to sleep and wait.
Better to drink the vial and save the dagger
for the curtain.
Better to write that epilogue now lest
the coroner fancies the scum on
top of the pudding.
Sun is treasure and with the right deal
the kindhearted Aunt made the boys pie
whenever they fought and made up.
And so it goes.
The man who put his finger
on the hole in my stocking knew
what he was doing. He touched
my skin because
he couldn’t touch
the breeze, for,
treasure is for barter and
the forest floor is covered in needles.
Margie Louise Goodspeed
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a vortex of small things.
Externally, the child needs milking,
the dog springs hopefully, eternally
in circles counter-clockwise
around her ankles,
and the man wants nothing
more than her every waking
thought and breath to be his
and his alone.
And the earth calls for nurture,
water and careful attention to detail.
Her neighbors want her to turn down
She’s been rocking and rolling again,
forgetting the unspoken rule:
don’t rock the boat, don’t wake the folk,
dance if you must, but tango slowly
and silently behind the curtains
lest the world suspect
you’ve remembered who you are.
Not the god of doldrums and despair
as you’d once feared,
but the goddess of deliciousness.
Exultation is your deity.
Declaration your prayer.
And this, this very moment
your vortex of desire.
Photo & Poem by Anne Norda
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