On Mornings Like This*

August 19, 2018

2018 Merit Award
By KJ Vande Bossche

On mornings like this
when pieces
of the sky
are still missing,
I leave you
warm in bed
under sheets
soft as old t-shirts
to look for them.

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KJ Vande Bossche (Van-duh Bush-shay) is a wife, mother, writer, teacher, cat-owner and motorcycle rider who lives and works in Bellingham. KJ graduated from WWU decades ago with a degree in English and plays with words on a daily basis.

“On Mornings Like This” was written early on a winter’s morning while sitting quiet and alone on the couch watching the sun come up and sipping that first cup of coffee. Previously published work can be accessed at kjvandebossche.com

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*Copyright 2018 by KJ Vande Bossche. Broadside illustrated by Christian Anne Smith.


September 6, 2015

SHOOTS by Karen Vande Bossche
2015 Merit Award
By Karen Vande Bossche


Sloppy wet flakes fall
on tiny emerald spikes
standing confused
by spring-like
These first bulbs
are early up
in the lasagna pot.
They keep a low profile
as if trimmed daily
by a fussy barber
or mother trying
to get it just right.

So premature,
they need worrying,
babying, coaxing,
so they can forwarn
the others who still
sleep soundly,
unaware the seasons
have started to shift.
Hyacinth are optimistic
but cautious,
leading the way.
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*Copyright 2015 by Karen Vande Bossche. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.