Author Archives: Karen To and Fro

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Family Tree has Problems

If you put me in a room with my grandparents I would not recognize them. They expired early Or were banished Or vanished I am not exaggerating. My father’s mother Gazela died two decades before I was born The gall … Continue reading

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Unspared

My father died in our spare room Where he had been sojourning Getting weaker Until eventually he stayed put and Tinged an odd wax color. Our house turned busy With nurses and aides In dying my father was silent Didn’t … Continue reading

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Spin Me

Oh Lord Spin me a carousel I ride a speckled horse Upside down on the merry-go-round Spin the top, gyroscope me Lord Send me to heaven Tigers rampant on the sword Ride me oh spirit Spin me Spin me Ride … Continue reading

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Tom Who Was Like a Grandfather

Tom took me to church once He was a white haired Irish old guy Thick in the waist and red faced, give you his shirt. On weekends he drank schnapps in the Poe Cozy Nook down the street. Sometimes he … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait in Mirrors

Over the years I have stared at myself In the mirror, seen Millions of reflections Of four-eyed me, millions of Glances and sly misdirections. When I was twelve I looked into A smoky mirror Dimly lit by sconces I kissed … Continue reading

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Nostalgia is Disappointing

Twenty years ago I had a fine affair Online We never met Rarely talked on the phone It was literary Strictly apex and exotic. It ended of course In due course and I Was sad for a time But tossed … Continue reading

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I Need Some Air

My husband used to say I didn’t Understand him, that I had no clue About the mysteries of his soul The pain he suffered in this world. In response I was querulous and confused So tell me I said Explain … Continue reading

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Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks have been growing Outside my kitchen window For fifty years. Even Before my house was built They grew next to the ramshackle camp That stood in its place. Tall flowers with carnivorous dinner plate smiles In rosy pink and … Continue reading

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Feet Accompli

My husband likes my feet Which are flat and bony and good For moving and shaking At least they were But I have been having trouble lately My ankles feel stiff and My left foot hurts when I run Doggedly … Continue reading

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Entertainingly

I entertained today For the first time since Our isolation started A couple came for lunch, old friends We circled gingerly around one another Keeping our distance No hugs, no kisses. We stayed Outdoors with a breeze sweeping everything away … Continue reading

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