From my Memory’s Treasure

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tears roll
as pearls spilled
from a string—
an indigo sky
flashed with lightning

well-rounded vowels
of alto melody
swaddled in a shawl
of homemade lullabies

milk bottles dotted
with dew—
winter breakfasts
sunlit with sugar grains

even white loops
of baby-yarn slide
on tortoiseshell needles
pale cakes rising
in the gas oven

a child wakes
to the sound of dishes
and quiet footsteps—
morning hymns
on the wireless

Julie Thorndyke


Each burnished leaf

2013-06-05 10.15.43

does a tree notice
when each burnished leaf falls?
all around me
the world carries on
. . . as if you weren’t gone

© Julie Thorndyke

 first published Eucalypt 15 2013