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After putting the Kids to bed Tonight I lay down... For a nap... As I drifted... I imagined... Grabbing... A... life remote... And asking it... "Show me the moments Where I was fully... Alive and... Present... Today"... 3... 2... 1... Blast... Off! Elliana Isabel and I... Imagined... That our... Stroller... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Breaking Surface
3 years ago... I noticed an... Elderly Lady... Watching... Elliana (then 3)... As she played... With a... Strawberry Short.. Cake doll... In Cracker Barrel When our eyes... Met... She approached me... And shared... That Elliana... Looked just like... Her daughter... When she... Was that age... And yesterday... She had... Passed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Sometimes… I wish…. I had a little button… Built into me… That kicks in automatically… When my experience of... Life... Begins to... Overwhelm me. And in a second... Transports me To hovering… Just above the earth… Where... Floating and weightless... (Cue: David Bowie. Space Oddity) (“This is ground control to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Rummaging… Through… The drawers… Of my life… I wonder… If there’s… a poem… In there… Somewere… Grabbing… My… Emotive... Metal detector… I scan… For a... Stirring... An emotional... Charge… What is that fragment of Memory? A snap shot... Mom and Dad... On their wedding day… in the back... of a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Breaking Surface
In the stillness... Of the morning... I catch a... Rare... Glimpse... Like reflections... Dancing... On the... Surface... Of a Lake.. Of some… Of my… Thoughts... What Colorful cast Of characters… Has central casting… Brought me.. To play out… On the stage… Of my life... Do I... Just watch... These characters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Dizzy Rice, Papa! That's how… My Isabel... (Age 3) Described… A container of.. Minute rice… As she witnessed It rotating… Warming up… In the microwave And… Like a wire... Strung across a... Road that... Dead arms You. I ceased All movement My mouth… Falling open… Goosebumps sliding Along the back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Breaking Surface
When Elliana Was born… The hospital Announced It… With a… Chime bell Played… Over the Hospital Intercom System… (As they did For each Newborn) What a Wonderful Surprise!… An... Honoring and Celebration of Life! Then... In a... bizarre… Moment... I wondered... How… Many people… Had… Died… In the… Hospital That... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Today... I was running… Beside Isabel… She on her... Strawberry Shortcake Bike (With training wheels attached) We were racing… Her sister… Bitterly Cold… We were prize fighting The wind.. (Punch, punch. Jab, jab. Right hook) Isabel Was so committed... Faster. Papa. Faster Me win. Papa. Me win I was so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Some mornings… When... I Wake... I feel like… I’m… Breaking Surface… Like a swimmer Who’s body… Longs… For... That... Next... Breath… It’s as though… During the night... My feelings… Have been Slowly… Flooding... My system…. Engulfing… Me. And the… Drenched... Weight… Of… My… Emotional... Clothes... Now soaked... Cause... A kind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Breaking Surface
Today… I swear… I caught a Glimpse… A spilt second… At an American Girl Doll Tea Party… With my girls… Where Isabel… Now 3, was fully grown Her body aligning like a Solar Eclipse… to reveal… Her much older self Wait, What? Yes, an Isabel, fully aware and able to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Breaking Surface
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