Author Archives: Karen To and Fro

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Slow Motion

You know those double-time fast movies A flower blooming A tree sprouting instant leaves like a green porcupine. Me, I’m the opposite. I move at a molasses pace like My movie is stuck on slow motion Minutes pass as I … Continue reading

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Doves

I see four mourning doves every day Serene and mild-mannered As they pigeonwalk here and there. Each dove is a bubble of gray, plump body And tiny head bobbing. They placidly graze under the feeder outside the kitchen window Oblivious … Continue reading

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Col Me

I’m not sure anyone should write poetry about writing poetry It seems very self-indulgent But I just realized That my poetry is the same as my prose Except For line breaks. To write a poem All I have to do … Continue reading

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Death-O-Vision

I have been reading obituaries Where the bereaved say things like She’ll wait for me in heaven Or he’s watching out for me from paradise. I don’t know if people believe these fantasies Or just understand that such stories Are … Continue reading

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Alone, With Cookies

Sad to say I am still alone Baking cookies or whatever For nobody I am not sniveling I am brave in my isolation Like a pugnacious dog Yapping at myself in the mirror. I like that image My mouth fits … Continue reading

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My Judge

I called him my judge Not the judge Because when I was a law clerk Getting him coffee Researching his opinions Following him as he went in and out of the courtroom In his black robes I adored him. I … Continue reading

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Retirement

Yesterday was one of those gray sleepy days My mind was a bit foggy. Ankles stiff I turned the lamps on early And made cookies. Before I retired I used to sit at a desk all day reading Cases and … Continue reading

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