Bio Note: I am a retired, 35-year English teacher from Georgia. My favorite genre to teach high school students was poetry, and today I dedicate more time to writing it. Besides reading and writing, I love spending time with my two grandsons, ages six and three. This year I published my first collection of poems, Strange Fire: Reflections on Family and Faith.
A small quaint town along the eastern shores of Mobile Bay in mid-April, flowering baskets of yellow and blue suspended from wrought-iron columns lining the cobbled streets. Oh, the joy! A cozy bistro with French flair, fresh ruby roses gracing white linen cloths, young waiters, beauty accessorized in red bow ties, serving up crawfish beignets, quiche and crème brûlée. Oh, the joy! And the two of us there in the corner, perhaps in this brief hour, subjects for art. Paint us in detail, with strokes, delicate or harsh or create us big and three-dimensional, in whole or in part, but capture our bliss, frieze our delight, when time was suspended like flowers in springtime. Oh, the joy!
With Line from Melville The news would cut through eternity. Two-year-old girl drowns in a pool with people around. Doctor on site tries to resuscitate. Mother says she had just removed life jacket. A moment in time changes everything. Meditation and water are wedded forever.
©2021 Jo Taylor
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