Sister as Device

My invisible sister
shares coffee with me;
we watch for the sun to come up
On some mornings
we walk to the pond
to look for egrets.

My invisible sister
fixes my hair before dinner.
She brushes it 100 times
and twists it in a perfect chignon.
I thank her with a quick hug
and we walk to the kitchen.
I make salad, tearing the tender leaves
while my invisible sister
pours wine, something white and light.

We talk about when we were children:
long afternoons at Grandma’s,
walking home from Girl Scouts,
skating at Mill Pond Park.
But we never talk about the day
at the old woolen mill
next to the waterfall;
that is a day I try to forget
every waking moment of my life.

My invisible sister
pours another glass of wine for us
and I keep on forgetting.


I’ve never had a sister,  but always wanted one.  That’s where this one started.

Kitten Update!


Harvey has now been joined by his brother, who is unnamed as yet.  They are both doing well – eating, playing, and getting used to humans.  Harvey was named that because he was found on the night of the full Harvest Moon.  Since the mom is called Maple, one suggestion for the other brother was Syrup.  I’m not sure about Syr as a nickname though.  Anyone have any other suggestions?

Finish Things

Finish things.
That was Neil’s advice
to me and you.
Though so far I haven’t
taken it to heart.

Finish things.
Not the ice cream
or the box of chocolates,
but the projects,
the stories,
the work.

Finish things.
Despite the fear
of failure, or the boredom.
Despite the siren call
from the new,
finish things.

Wordless Wednesday -Meet Harvey


This is Harvey, named because he was first spotted on the night of the full harvest moon, September 13.  His mom is a feral cat who lives in the upper part of our barn.  We finally trapped her and had her spayed – yay!  Now we have Harvey and are working on taming him so that he can be neutered when he’s old enough.  He still has a brother at large that we’re trying to get, so stay tuned. (And the kittens are eating solid food, so no worries there.)

P.S. Please spay and neuter your pets!


has grown heavy
and dropped from its stem.

The sun sleeps in
a little longer,
leaves the party a bit earlier.

Last night
felt almost like fall
while today is
crisp and sunny.

The leaves are still green
but a shade paler;
begins to recede.

to change.
Welcome back,
my dearest Autumn.