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



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

The Knitter

Clothing Hanging on a Rack

The Knitter

to show her love
she knit him a sweater
praying as she worked
with size two needles

bless the man 
who wears this sweater
with health, respect, riches
and love throughout his lifetime

He tried it on
to be polite
then tossed the perfect-fit
on a rear closet shelf—

Months after he’d
disposed of the knitter
he donated
the never-worn sweater, and now

hours of knitted prayers
await the man
who hunts for love
on a Goodwill rack
by Lori Lipsky
photo: DonNichols/istockphoto

I'm pleased to announce I'll be one of the 
featured readers this Sunday, February 16, taking part
in the Winter Festival of Poetry, sponsored by
the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. You are
cordially invited to attend. Free at 2pm at 
The Fountain of Madison, 122 State Street, 
Madison, Wisconsin.
Also participating on Sunday will be former WI Poet
Laureate, Marilyn Taylor, and Shoshauna Shy.

Next Saturday

Next Saturday

I could read the lyrics of Yeats
sing a Schubert song
listen to Mozart’s Magic Flute
view the Rembrandt exhibit

I could read treasured letters
collected over the years,
share a meal with cherished friends
visit a gorgeous rose garden

But if I owned the freedom to choose
my selection, based on love
would save the rest for another time
and leave Saturday for you
by Lori Lipsky