41KGNB-DScL-2.jpg (167×250)ISLANDS

Don’t row this boat so far from shore.
There are uncharted islands out here in the fog.

That volcanic peak, in the mist out at sea, is a childhood.

I don’t have the strength to scale the sides
and the crater is empty except for –

Giggling girls in a rumble seat.
and drippy cones and zoos,
sand in shoes and junior proms

my father deserted us there.

I’ve blocked him out for many years.
Why change it now?

That one to the east with the rocky beach
was a marriage. Don’t stop here.

The road to our house is clogged with weeds.
I can’t walk that far.
I don’t need to know if my roses bloomed
or hear children play in the yard.

I was sure when I left. Don’t rock the boat.
It’s too late now.

Please turn this vessel back to shore.
I’m safer there.

No waves to crash against my heart.

The past is dead. Just close the door.

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ce computerCorinne Edwards takes us through the years of her life in the republish of her first book of poetry. From beginning to end, it reads like a story.  With emotion and transparency, she reveals a period of her life, the challenges in coping with the deaths of her son, mother and husband.  She includes us in her early days, musings, disappointments and even her love affairs It culminates with her philosophy about loss in her final poems.

.Corinne’s poems have been published in the Chicago Sun Times, North Shore Magazine, Poetry Today and was a winner in a Chicago Fine Arts poetry contest.  She has included some in her other published books.

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The Charge:

On the verge of my parents 25th anniversary,
my father married his 18 year old secretary.

The jury was not kind.

His sisters sat Roman Catholic Shiva,
covered their holy pictures like mirrors.
They remain there on their boxes these many years.

For his children, holidays were barren.
The silent piano filled the rooms.
But he never heard my brother sing
“O Holy Night” again.

His proper brother, Cecil,
bitter in his bourbon, the ice cubes frozen tears,
disowned him.and was quoted,
“If he liked her, why didn’t he adopt her?”

Years later, my mother, her wounds edged white,
they never healed,
heard the felon plea.
He wanted to come home.

She sent him back to new children he had made
in the bed he chose to lie in,
although he was the only man she ever loved.

We are all guilty as charged.

 

 

This is an excerpt

To find your copy

in Kindle

or Paperback on Amazon

click on the link you prefer.

 

ce computerCorinne Edwards takes us through the years of her life in the republish of her first book of poetry. From beginning to end, it reads like a story.  With emotion and transparency, she reveals a period of her life, the challenges in coping with the deaths of her son, mother and husband.  She includes us in her early days, musings, disappointments and even her love affairs It culminates with her philosophy about loss in her final poems.

.Corinne’s poems have been published in the Chicago Sun Times, North Shore Magazine, Poetry Today and was a winner in a Chicago Fine Arts poetry contest.  She has included some in her other published books.

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