The Golden Era

by Claudia Serea

Wealth was measured in cream for coffee

and chicken for soup.

The days of the rich

were made of imported chocolate

and hair spray.

The days of the poor

were of cold tea

and thin air.

It was the time when God

was taking orders in a restaurant

and delivered steak and fondue

to only one part of the town.

On the town streets,

the saints were walking without shoes.

It was a time when no one talked

but everyone clapped

and sang.

We found out we were happy

from the news.

It was a time

when no one told us

what would happen,

but everyone knew.
“The Golden Era” by Claudia Serea from Nothing Important Happened Today. Broadstone Books © 2016.


Pumpkins and Squashes

Pumpkins gathered in the field
to roast and toast and boast;
Then squashes came to cheer them on:
The acorns clapped the most!

To roast and toast and boast
’bout whose spice smelled the best:
nutmeg, sugar, cinnamin zest?

Then squashes came to cheer them on:
Butternut, gourds, and zucc’s
With marinade upon their dukes.

The acorns clapped the most!
with butter melted quick
between their golden licks!

Yum! Yum!
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Jeanne Poland

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