fainting with shock


jeanne paints on her iPad

By the Bus Stop

I fainted when I stepped off the bus 

at 16 years of age. My boyfriend, Ray, showed

up at the corner in Woodhaven, all the way from

Bayridge, in the middle of the day. We were so taken with each other.

But, I chose to enter the convent, and we continued in chastity

to be friends of families and the social circle. Later we met again,

and he advised me on my relationships with men.

Now he appears nightly in my dreams, at 79 years of age.

Imagination endures.


The Speaker
 by Louis Jenkins
The speaker points out that we don’t really have much of 
a grasp of things, not only the big things, the important
 questions, but the small everyday things. “How many steps
 up to your front door? What kind of tree grows in your 
backyard? What is the name of your district representative? 
What is your wife’s shoe size? Can you tell me the color of 
your sweetheart’s eyes? Do you remember where you parked 
the car?” The evidence is overwhelming. Most of us never
truly experience life. “We drift through life in a daydream, 
missing the true richness and joy that life has to offer.” When 
the speaker has finished we gather around to sing a few 
inspirational songs. You and I stand at the back of the group 
and hum along since we have forgotten most of the words.
Louis Jenkins, “The Speaker” from Just Above Water. Copyright © 1997 by Louis Jenkins. Used by permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf Holy Cow! Press, http://www.holycowpress.org.


Footprints I've left behind...

Footprints I’ve left behind…

birth certificate @ Mary Immaculate Hospital
baby shoe prints in the Woodhaven grass
bike tracks in the alley
roller skate wheels on the black top
saddle shoes off to school
Ring-a-levio on 90th Street
double-dutch jump rope
senior prom pumps
nun shoes in Litchfield
mom shoes in Port Washington
old lady shoes in Hudson NY
magic shoes for children’s writer

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