Lifework

Lifework

 

the milk is gone and we need some for breakfast

the wastebaskets are full

 

a light bulb in the kitchen has burnt out

the toilet is running

 

the furnace filter needs to be replaced

a spider is in the tub

 

a branch has fallen down in the backyard

the car won’t start—

 

no matter what it is

Dad will take care of it—

 

you can always count on him

*****

by Lori Lipsky

Happy 85th birthday, Neil Nelson!

Happy 85th birthday, Neil Nelson!

Mom’s Kitchen

Mom’s Kitchen

 

After all these years she’s

got it down—

 

the ministry of buttermilk pancakes with

crisp bacon

 

the Butterball turkey with

sage stuffing

 

hot roast beef sandwiches with gravy and mashed

potatoes

 

banana cream pie with real

whipping cream

 

perfectly ripened fruits and colors-of-the-rainbow

vegetables, and

 

sending us back home with a bounty of

leftovers, and

 

hearty invitations for future visits to the place we’re always welcome—

but till then

 

we’re back to our trend-of-the-moment

green smoothies

 

meals in restaurants without

all the love

 

and simple, unremarkable home-cooked meals that no one seems to

rave about

 

because no one can ever

cook like Mom

*****

by Lori Lipsky

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom

birthday concept with gifts and sparks

Friends and Family

Friends and Family by Lori Lipsky

Good friends of today
become old friends,
lost friends
friends we haven't seen
in twenty years,
in forty years, but

only death can
separate family, and
then, just for a time
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My deepest sympathy to dear WP friend Resa on the loss of her beautiful mother. Resa wrote a lovely poem on a difficult day, which she shares over at Queen’s End. ~Lori