One Thin Slice

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, Mema and Momma cleaned the house from top to bottom. Mema dug out the Thanksgiving tablecloths and napkins and her heavy gold flatware. We rearranged all the furniture to make room for extra tables to hold all the food. With 22 family members coming, Thanksgiving was a special…

Ann’s Choice

When I was 16 years old, I had a boyfriend, David, with an incredible mom that made a lifelong impact on me. One afternoon I was invited to a cookout at the backyard of their house in Dallas, and David’s dad was there as well. I had never seen a divorced couple on good terms…

Whiskey and Wine

Many years have gone by From one place to another Small talk every once in a while Bits and pieces shared here and there Skimming along the surface That ragged edge Where lines cross And friendship begins Over whiskey and wine Takes a long time Sweet time For trust to build From one place to…

Broken Glass

Some things have to stay Buried in a place Where it’s safe Some things break Scatter like glass Leaving pieces Deep inside It takes too much Way too much To take a chance Open up the past Shine any light Find the pieces That are embedded inside Some secrets are better kept Held within Safely…

Simple and Extraordinary

Paulo Coelho: “Be blessed. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them” There were flowers In a coffee cup That she would use Again and again While remembering Her friend There was wine And desserts Long talks Belly laughs A special stone Bought from a long ways…

These Two Men

These two men sit Outside with me Comfortable and at ease Talking about the past Things they did Places they had been I sit there Looking at them Reading their lips Knowing full well I’m missing some words But still I know enough These two men Bring me along Include me in We have a…

Summer Falls

She just couldn’t believe It was almost over Summer became fall And all the things she had hoped to do She never had the chance It seemed like everytime She thought she might The opportunity passed So summer became fall And she hadn’t swam at all Or took the day To treasure hunt In flea…