July 30, 2017

2017 Merit Award
By Marlene Chasson

Tall, gaunt, sharp shouldered
She stood there on the porch.
Her face mirrored her years
And her hands made it plain
That those years had not been easy.
They gripped the porch railing
Once freshly painted
It was old and chipped
Like the house itself.
But it was her house now
And she would tend it like a child
There was plenty of time
With him gone.

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At age 85, I am one of the oldest poets in the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. As an amateur poet I have been writing poetry since I was in grade school. Over the years, a number of my poems have been published in a poetry anthologies, school and college newsletters, and a some contests. My husband and I moved to Bellingham four years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina. Before I retired I was a teacher and social worker and from 1989 until 2001 I served as the executive director of a state advocacy organization for older adults in long term care.

The poem “Possession” was written about my father’s stepmother. She raised my father and three of his brothers and was also the caretaker for his father when he became sick in his later years.

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*Copyright 2016 by Marlene Chasson. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

“Her house”*

July 31, 2016

Her house - Jessica Bloom
2016 Merit Award
By Jessica Bloom

My kids call this their house.
They are almost right.
But it is hers.

She brought her baby
home to this house
one hundred years ago.
new baby, new house
Eleven children have grown
here. Mine are next.

I haunt these rooms
a living ghost
happiest in the space
that is mine for now.
I am a caretaker
of children, patients,
spouse and house.

My children will grow.
I will be gone.
And it will still be her house.
Her house, our home.

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*Copyright 2016 by Jessica Bloom. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

home for the holidays…

December 24, 2012

holiday house © j.i. kleinberg

Season’s Greetings to you,
wherever this holiday season may find you
Thank you so much for visiting these pages, for your Likes and your comments and your inspired ideas.
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holiday house words and graphic © j.i. kleinberg