never a skip roping feign,
nor does it invite curious spectators
to chant those jumping songs
we memorized as children. No,
my heart seeks peace in a world gone
awry; nineteen school children
and two teachers killed in Texas,
war in Ukraine, a madman’s
dream. What to do with loss?
Especially loss of belief.
There once were lilacs growing
outside my window here in
California. This year they were
rusty bags, little starvelings.
Do they know the future
strangles the unsuspecting?
taught through CPITS, received several CAC grants, and taught poetry workshops through the William James Association’s Prison Arts Program, including Folsom Prison. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College (Montpelier, 1989) and is a six-time Pushcart nominee. Her publications include, in part: MacQueen’s Quinterly; Artemis Journal; The Adirondack Review; Memoir Magazine; The Plague Papers, edited by Robbi Nester; Pacific Poetry; and New American Writing. Her fourth poetry book, Camaraderie of the Marvelous, was published by Kelsay Books in 2021.