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Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Before the Rains

Back before fall was here. Summer was. Really. Like sunshine and eighty degrees–once or twice. All that. But the rains have come. And they’ve begun to wash away the memory of summer’s sun. As if it never was. But I remember. Because I need to. I remember celebrating our anniversary this year. Thirteen years. On […]

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This is Just to Say

This is just to say that… The one who’d stood in the parking lot on Monday, his backpack, fully cinched, sagging to the back of his knees, and who’d peeked up from his blue laces to see me four car lengths away waiting. Waiting for his eyes to find mine. Waiting for his eyes to […]

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Color Blind

I did not see the man alone at the picnic table. Not yet. But he hunkered, hunched over on the edge of the bench like he was cracking walnuts or maybe his own knuckles. Or maybe just taking in the grass. There were no grandchildren rallying at his side. None screaming, “watch this, grandpa.” None […]

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The View from High Hut

A year ago. And some. We slodged up to High Hut.  Kids clomped alongside us in snow boots the first mile, zig-zagging from water trickle here to the top of a snow pile there. Until it was all snow. And the road…all up. And there were still three miles to trudge. Trudge or drag. And we […]

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How the Heart Speaks

He was tucked in his bottom bunk when I called her. Wound in a blanket that mostly covered his legs, arms splayed like one waiting for a hug or as one who’s passed out from too much fun. Downstairs I’d reached her. Called my dad’s cell, who then handed it to my mom, who figured […]

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