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I grew up in a place
maybe not unlike yours

Traveled roads
probably a lot like most

It was heaven
with imitation hardwood linoleum

It was three eternities in church service
( during August, with just one fan)

It was sanctuary
with angsty hallways

It was chicken on Sunday
spaghetti on Wednesdays

It was a bubble
in a melting pot

It was trouble
if you wanted it

It was safety
in numbers

It was comradery
in show tunes

It was neighbors who minded
your manners and your business

It was frenemies who feuded
yet fed your family

It was fine not to like
inexcusable not to love

It wasn't perfect

It always tried
It never failed


For #WhereILivedWednesday

Head over to Ann’s blogon the last Wednesday of every month for the Where I Lived Wednesday linkup!


Poet's Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn 
my world, a stonethrown from the tip of my soul skimming mortal puddles

mamma sally

puttanesca tickles my nose
pulls me through 
these streets, eyes closed
Mamma Sally, she knows
how to fill my bowl

daughter of the old country
pulled up her roots
for the better life, the big city
Mamma Sally, she knows
how far the red brick goes

raising up tomatoes to the sky
from her window box piazza
seven stories high
Mamma Sally, she knows
how her garden grows

olive oil, garlic, basil in harmony
hymns of joy
the blessed holy trinity
Mamma Sally, she knows
how to save my soul

© 2011-Rene

image:  Universal Studios Lot, Instagram by sessepien ( via Magpie Tales)


pretty little duck
though slightly mad underneath
through her white sheets tells lies
virgin. bona-fide.
she drops that hocus pocus into wandering ears sweet modern miracles
appearing twice nightly
quicker than rabbits she pulls hats off of her tricks sleight of hand jive savant

caught them in the glide

For Magpie Tales


i play them by earthose simple melodies
those tonic pitches of ice chimes and lemonade
those rounds of laughter that tickle  and unlock 
those tippy scales that rise and spill secrets
i play them all as i've known them
head to toe heart and soul
For Magpie Tales Image via Magpie Tales #205