Author Archives: Karen To and Fro

About Karen To and Fro

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I’m Going to End it All

Not Never My father-in-law shot himself I wasn’t right there Just in the same town He left a business-like note Covered the basement floor with a plastic sheet Stood in the center Bang My husband found him Went for a … Continue reading

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7 Deadly Sins

I was hallowed by heat, can’t beat that lustful desire to swallow love whole feed me more, I implore a glutton knows no less, but let it be a lesson to you there is no forgiveness greed comes from flagrant … Continue reading

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Regret Me

This is what I am, what I want bird bones and feathers the calling of wrens a  cage swinging wild in the storm filled with crows. When mourners come singing their sorrow I sing back wind whistling through the teeth … Continue reading

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Rain Cometh

It’s coming down hard After two weeks of dry scraping weather where Grass turned to wheat stalks Flowers toppled with thirst and Even the weeds looked bad. Today rain daps and ripples the lake Plays fast taps on the porch … Continue reading

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Hunting Season

Every fall hunters come to shoot ducks I happen to love ducks Even if they are not too lucky The hunters set up little houses on the lake Supposed to look like flotsam Random confluences of twigs and brambles through … Continue reading

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Avianomics

vultures have a bad name carrion eaters, scavengers and so on my mother-in-law with dementia used to say and so on when she could not remember something or articulate details and needed you to fill in the blanks she’d say … Continue reading

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Good News

There is nothing better than A good dog, a fat cat and a baby I didn’t find out until lately That you could have all three At the same time Now I am contemplating adding A guinea pig.

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Proving Your Love

I made my husband Prove his love In a million ways That he didn’t know about I said It is fine with me if you have sex with someone A very good idea, I insisted Then I left him alone … Continue reading

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Self Defensive

I woke up one day scared Here I am, old lady End of a dirt road Don’t know karate Kitchen knives are dull Neighbor is deaf Cat is a coward So I said to my husband I want a gun … Continue reading

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Detroit Blues

We flew to Detroit for a tricky operation on my husband’s heart Hadn’t been back since 1965 When the city roiled with prosperity Skies smoked dollar bills and Roving enterprise men drove Cadillacs down wide esplanades Hived out in skyscrapers … Continue reading

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