illustrator: Julie Rohan Zoch


I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.
Jane Kenyon
from Otherwise, 1996


I got out of surgery

with a healing incision.

There was no C-diff

or RSV.

I simply glowed!

Never caught pneumonia.

immune system thrived!

never had respiratory arrest.

We danced together

in the ballroom.

twirled around breathing easily

waving hips to the music

sliding our feet smoothly

in sync with each other

in our golden years.


by jeanne

(all rights)

Pattern #30 Dimensions

Dance of Mermaids

Mermaids take flight as
background falls below to swirl
in waves swept-twirled!

A Limerick for Saint Patrick’s Day

Theforest2 clapping and singing you soon will be sharing!

My friend Catherine said to take the last letter
of the first name and the first letter of the last name to come up with a leprechaun name. The first initial meant “wharty”and the second initial was missing so I’m using “Ep” as my leprechaun name. Here is the limerick:

Ep liked to dance and to skate and do tricks;
She twirled, and she jumped over hurdles and wicks;
Sent candle flames sparkling, and hurdles sprang free
“til the moon came to step with the sunshine jolly.
“Twas the day-night a-sparkling, a true jamboree
A fairies’ and leprechauns’ green jubilee!
Join them this day, be quick and be daring,
The clapping and singing you soon will be sharing!

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