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I have a fondness for Greek Mythology. This is a pantoum about Narcissus, a beautiful hunter who scorned all who loved him, and Echo, the nymph who fell in love with him. The Goddess Nemesis was angry when Echo died for love of Narcissus, and so punished him, justly I think, by cursing him to fall in love with his own reflection in a pond. The story in more detail can be found here:  Narcissus.

Echo and Narcissus - by John William Waterhouse

Narcissus and Echo

Narcissus, hunter, ever beauty’s friend
Maidens swoon with one glimpse of his fair face,
He disdains their love, their attentions fend,
Yet even scorned, still they love his grace.

Maidens swoon with one glimpse of his fair face.
Nymph, Echo, loved him, repeating, “Who’s there?”
Still even when scorned, she loved his grace
Her echo a cry for his love despaired.

Lost Echo, followed, repeating, “Who’s there?”
Died, wasted for love, finally at peace
Her echo a cry for his love; despair,
But Nemesis saw her love, her life cease

When Echo died, starved, finally at peace
then Narcissus was cursed to fall in love
when Nemesis saw Echo’s fair life cease.
Loving himself, his own likeness thereof,

so Narcissus was cursed to fall in love.
He’d disdained all love, all attentions fend,
until seeing his own reflection thereof,
Narcissus, hunter, ever beauty’s friend.


I’ll Be __________

If you’ve ever been curious what the aura looks like, it’s here. It usually lasts 15-25 minutes, and the longer it takes, the worse the migraine. This last one was a doozy.



I’ll be here,
under the covers,
flinching from the too-bright lights.

I’ll be here,
trying not to throw up
from the sparkling lights I can’t stop seeing.

I’ll be here,
with the pillow over my head
trying to block out the sounds, smells and lights.

I’ll be here.
Don’t worry.
I’m not going anywhere for a while.


Marian Marsh in "Svengali"

Marian Marsh in “Svengali”

I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.
-Oscar Wilde


Inside my room
I wait and see
what’s in store
today for me.

Don’t be tapping
at my door
I won’t open
it anymore.

It’s safe to say
leave me alone,
just go away,
nobody’s home.

Because no one
worries if I
live or maybe
if I should die.

But hark, what’s that?
A gentle tap?
A knock? A whack?
A quiet rap?

Who’s there? Who’s there?
Is someone near,
and at my door?
Don’t leave, I’m here!






Seated in the car
tears still flowing
it’s really over.

No condition to drive,
weeping still,
seeping sorrow
and the rain begins.

Love’s loss has such power
to pain a heart.
Falling apart.
Time to start the car
and go.

Release the brake.



Up and Out


You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.
-Carl Sagan

Up and Out

So when, one day, the rockets launch,
taking us up and out,
We’ll travel the stars, the galaxies ours,
exploring it all, no doubt.
One thing to remember through all the thrills,
the call of adventure nigh,
Is that we need each other, father, mother,
friend and lover standby.
People just aren’t meant to be alone
we need other people of worth
traveling far or staying at home,
in space or here on earth.
So let us never forget to remember
that we are a genial race.
Bring people together, here or wherever
we wander on Earth or in space.

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I’ll Never ___________

I’m sorry to tell you this, but the people we loved who’ve moved on? We never stop missing them. Ever.

Betty and Patricia

Betty and Patricia


I’ll Never Kiss You Again

Lips now stilled from smiles and frowns,
your contrary remarks and
your kindnesses.
Voice now dried and gone.
Eyes closed, never to open.
Hands so quiet
resting from the labors of
over eighty years.

Yes, your back was stooped,
yes, your knees creaked,
but you laughed and said
“Old age ain’t for sissies.”

And you laughed with me
and you were proud of me
and you were my rock
and foundation
and I loved you.

You may be gone from earth,
but you will never be gone from me.
Your name is remembered
through tales I’ve told my children.
Your deeds recounted in story
poem and journal
and your memory lives on,
at least as long as I am still here.

For now my hair is graying,
and lines crease where I laugh,
and my hands gather spots
and remind me of yours.

I like my coffee just like you liked yours.
I rock in the chair you gave me
and think of the past.

dog ate my homework


I forgot
Bad paté
I got lost
It got late
I got busy
I need bail
I’m moving
I had a fever
I have the flu
It was too hot
I have cramps
I caught a bug
It was too cold
I lost my voice
I’m contagious
I ran out of gas
It was too early
Tummy trouble
I have jury duty
My tire was flat
No hablo Ingles
I missed the bus
My kids got lice
My kids are sick
I was locked out
My grandma died
I have a headache
My back went out
I couldn’t afford it
I broke my glasses
My car was repoed
I changed my mind
The cows got loose
My car broke down
I got food poisoning
The map was wrong
My house is flooded
The road was closed
I lost my contact lens
Time is not my friend
My carpool forgot me
I was in a car accident
I lost track of the time
I had to go to a funeral
I have to wash my hair
My alarm didn’t go off
The check’s in the mail
A tree fell on my house
My house burned down
I’m working from home
I burned myself cooking
My garage door snapped
It went through the wash
I had to have a root canal
My cousin went into labor
My house was broken into
My dog ate my homework
The doctor gave me a note
My mom said I couldn’t go
I had a doctor’s appointment
I was getting blood work done
Don’t speak, I have a migraine
We had to put our dog to sleep
I was a witness to a hit and run
I have to wait for the cable guy
I remembered on the wrong day
I was up all night with a sick pet
My girlfriend tied me up and left
The battery in my cell phone died
My cat is lost and I have to find her
I promised someone else I’d go with them
Family came in from out of town unexpectedly
I hadn’t realized you really expected me to show up


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