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!

The Widow On The Block

Red door



The Widow on the Block

The red of her door says welcome
open blinds indicate she’s home

She knows the name of every neighbor
keeps cookies and snacks at the ready

She invites us over
at every opportunity

but usually we just wave
as we drive by—

the children keep
tight schedules

by Lori Lipsky, April 2013
photo: JoLin/iStockphoto

Rings on her Fingers

Rings on her Fingers by Lori Lipsky

She wears rings on three or four fingers
to match the color of her necklace
and earrings, all which coordinate
with her ensemble of the day. Each time
we meet for coffee she wears a different color:
ruby, blue sapphire, emerald, coral, amethyst.
We need no other reason to be friends. The color
takes me home, back with mother, who
wore the prettiest rings and had the kindest smile.

The Widow

The Widow by Lori Lipsky 

The two hold hands 
Each evening 
As they stroll 
By her home 

From her kitchen window 
She sees them pass 
And remembers
A better time 

~published by Sparkbright Magazine,issue 7, December, 2011

photo credit: iStockphoto, Don Bayley

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