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The Soundtrack of My Life/ writing 101,assignment

Deep Purple was my favorite band for many years. My brother was 4 years older than me and so I inherited all his records as he grew up and moved on. But deep Purple’s lead singer, Ian Gillian was my secret dream lover, and his singing their song, “Pictures of Home” cut deep into my […]

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The Warm Place

Her breath, warm and vaguely sweet. Her eyes glistening, the tears mingle with her laughter. I am in the circle of her embrace, as we lie entangled in a beautiful red paisley comforter. The room is dim, quiet except for our soft talk of living, loving and dying. Wiping her tears, we laugh, then she […]

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Some of My Poems

                                         Father’s Going I know he despairs of living. the end yaws inexorably before him, it’s jaws grinning, gaping. why can’t I help this man I love, (and loathe) to go in a gentle, meaningful way, […]

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Baring It All/ Writing In Undergarments

I am too tied up to just say underpants, whoever would have thought that an old biker chick like me couldn’t say underpants to total strangers! Oh, I meant uptight. I have had a traumatic brain injury, TBI, so you can expect bizarre phrase-ology from me. Spellchecker be darned! (ooh, bold…) Anyway, Many moons ago, […]

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Falling in The Memory Hole

Days go by, pleasant thoughts ensue. not a minute when thoughts are not of you   I make him sad, talking about your life, And it makes me cry, him forgetting you: his wife. I hear him say how wonderul your love, yet I recall him on a pedestal above. he sat in the den […]

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The Mirror

my heart looks for you under handmade afghans… in the kitchen… in your seat. always smoking your deadly viceroy. little did i know they would steal you away. your son wanted you to do what you could not: quit. so he cut you loose from his twisted heart. but not me i bound you to […]