Third PersonGood morning Mama. Though I said it loudly, there was no response from the elderly woman before me. Good morning, I said again, raising my voice as I gently touched her arm. The woman turned her head ever so slightly to look at me, smiling kindly.Good morning dear. Her voice was as frail as her withering body, quivering with each word spoken. She had a careworn face that had more wrinkled than unwrinkled areas and had snow-white hair that fell in a sort of cloud around her face. She was hunched in a chair on a balcony, looking out over a forest. There was an empty chair beside her, which I took without invitation.Are you feeling well? I said. She smiled in that same carefree way, turning to look back at the forest beyond.Yes, quite well. I keep wondering when Bill will come to see me. Hes never this late.I listened, smiling at her as she spoke. I imagined my father as Id known him: strong, caring, dependable. I
Remembering ChildhoodA fairy is beside me,her touch warm on my skin,a dragon is beneath me,and a giant nearby him.A unicorn is drinkingin a warm and misty pond,and a little frog is sittingon a lily frond.A distant flute is playingto a gay and happy song,while a modest dwarf starts dancingand sings quietly along.A talking wolf is howling,while a little girl in redis skipping off to grandmawho is waiting sick in bed.A boy has climbed a beanstalk,and a girls left for a ball,a fairy godmother,is waving last of all.I smile in my sleepas the things of pleasant dreamscome circling around meand embrace my childhood themes.
Vetrans DayToday we honor every man and woman who has served his or her country.Today we honor every officer who has lost his or her life to a war that neednt be fought.Today we honor those that show bravery beyond the average man.Today we honor those who defend the free and give us new reasons to wave our flag.Today we honor the veterans of our country.Today we cry for the loss of life that has taken place.Today we cry for the young and old alike who suffered the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.Today we cry for the loss of innocence and the loss of life.Today we cry for the children without parents and the parents without child.Today we cry for our veterans.Today we smile for the brave show of our military.Today we smile for the passion that each man and woman shows when they defend our country.Today we smile for the honor that these extraordinary people bring to our undeserving hearts.Today we smile for the soliders who were children not to long ago.Today we smile for our