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Backwards In Came I

“Writings of a Mrs.” is to blame for this. She provided an example on her blog. The assignment was to write a backwards poem of a sort. Is it here. I mean, here it is.

Upend the bucket I, and
from the grass swarms
water up, pink all.
It catch I the bucket in.

Inside go I, then, backing.
The bucket from
the sponge take I, and smear
the water pink the floor upon–

Red, all red now,
turns the floor,
And soon into him back
seeps the blood.

Stands he. Face unslackens his.
Down looks he the knife at,
Swiftly, it from him I pull.
Fearful grows his face.

The blade wave I and
angry so becomes he.
My knife away put I, and
“Here doing you are what?” asks he.

But too late it is? Doomed are we.

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Dreaming

I dreamt last night of a friend of many years ago. Lost in an unending labyrinth of offices like those we worked in once, I made my way to more familiar territory and looked for him among the people there. Some seemed like him, at first, but a closer view showed them to be strangers. As I searched, it came to me that I’d not seen him in a long while; hadn’t I heard that he was dead? No, that couldn’t be. Then I recalled this waking world where it was so. He’d died in a far off place a decade ago. As I left the maze, I found it hard to breathe. I wanted to find someone to help, to tell them of the great loss that had finally sunk deep into my heart.

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Gratitude List

  1. Community college courses
  2. JIH, instructor
  3. Anne Wayman
  4. Groxy, mentor
  5. computers
  6. puzzles
  7. words
  8. Peggy
  9. Joe Tomasi
  10. mysteries
  11. libraries
  12. librarians
  13. movies
  14. books
  15. wood
  16. my Saturn
  17. my house
  18. WRH’s house
  19. swimming pools
  20. Silver Sneakers
  21. music
  22. my high school
  23. freedom
  24. retirement
  25. comics, esp. Dilbert
  26. my 22″ monitor
  27. my mom & dad
  28. old photographs
  29. the internet
  30. my Panasonic shaver
  31. Lois and what she created
  32. Ojai
  33. writing workshops
  34. experience
  35. polystyrene foam cups
  36. car clocks that work
  37. cheap cell phones
  38. A morning at Summerland
  39. hot water
  40. SCNA
  41. Open Office
  42. anonymity
  43. H3PO4 for my arthritis
  44. writer friends
  45. program friends
  46. Wayfarer’s Chapel
  47. St. Anthony’s Chapel
  48. health
  49. paper
  50. magnets
  51. mementos of my father
  52. mementos of my mother
  53. chess sets
  54. grass
  55. botanic gardens
  56. tea
  57. coffee houses
  58. restaurants
  59. plays
  60. long reach stapler
  61. nuts
  62. dark chocolate
  63. Christmas licorice
  64. marzipan
  65. See’s
  66. Chinese food
  67. my publisher
  68. superglue
  69. my Swiss Army knife
  70. Xacto knives
  71. my Mototool
  72. massage
  73. my doctors
  74. letter openers
  75. real letters
  76. fudge
  77. Celtic music
  78. Celtic art
  79. Art Nouveau
  80. Maxfield Parrish prints
  81. Salvador Dali
  82. Frank Lloyd Wright designs
  83. my paper cutter
  84. acrylic paints
  85. my color printer
  86. flip flops
  87. disposable paint brushes
  88. cordless mouses
  89. Skype
  90. Digital photography
  91. Incandescent lightbulbs
  92. DVD players
  93. astronomy
  94. fireworks
  95. art fairs
  96. woodworking tools
  97. pencils
  98. Pepcid
  99. fireplaces
  100. patriots, old and new
  101. interlibrary loan
  102. spellcheck
  103. free online dictionary
  104. garage door openers
  105. engineers
  106. antibiotics
  107. glass
  108. JRR Tolkien

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