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.

Privacy Rang My Doorbell: “Ding!”

Privacy Rang My Doorbell: “Ding!”

Privacy rang my doorbell: “Ding!”
to ask if I could
“come out to play” before
I vacuumed, dusted and did
the dishes, which glistened in
the sunlight, reflecting yesterday’s delights
and tomorrow’s promises rich with
tastes, aromas, sounds of comfort
and sharing and all I
do in public to serve
those loved before I play!

Jeanne Poland
All rights 4/12

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