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Author Archive for Stacy Peterson

Poem: "Hop Splash! A Mountain's Journey. Kirplunk!"
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Poem: “Hop Splash! A Mountain’s Journey. Kirplunk!”

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Hop Splash! A Mountain’s Journey. Kirplunk! Little Boy skips a pebble across glacial water. Hop-splash! Hop-splash! Hop-splash! It plunks, landing upon the crystal bottom, Awaiting a swift swirl, the current carrying it along its way. Its way to where? Another rocky shore… Will a little boy, perhaps years from now, find the gray-green rock Which […]

Poem: "Cicadas at Rest"
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Poem: “Cicadas at Rest”

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Cicadas at Rest I laid still long enough to see the clouds float by And feel my baby’s breath– almostly soundlessly– against my neck. I saw a pair of hawks soaring on a shared invisible current, Wings spread, gliding in tandem, as if tethered by an unseen kite string. But they were free and so […]

Poem: "My Heart, Their Home"
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Poem: “My Heart, Their Home”

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My Heart, Their Home Just left my kids behind… A part of me stayed too. Little chunks of my heart ripped out, but Their lives, well-lived, transform the empty pits Into chambers where purpose and love intersect. Filled with their Becoming, My mother’s heart expands, Becoming a mansion that Welcomes home my children, And the […]

Poem: "A Consecration"
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Poem: “A Consecration”

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A Consecration Arms extended to heaven, he raises the chalice, The silver family heirloom, The one bequeathed to him by his priest uncle. Fingers cradle the priceless cup, The vessel that contains the Precious Blood. Pointed directly towards the heavenly throne The open mouth Of the chalice Of the priest Of the people gathered Readies […]

Poem: "Wisteria"
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Poem: “Wisteria”

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Wisteria The lone purple Violet almost escaped my notice As I tromped along the woodland path. But there she was, Peeping out through the mat of rotted oak and poplar leaves. Tombstones of last year’s Fall, Sheltering this year’s harbinger of Summer. I couldn’t smell her fragrance, For her five tiny petals barely emitted a […]

Poem: "Two Mothers, and One More"
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Poem: “Two Mothers, and One More”

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Two Mothers, and One More Until she squawked, preened her feathers and skittered away, I didn’t see her, As I jogged around the perimeter of the field On which my children played. I continued running, occassionally turning my head Making sure my little ones were safe And “boo-boo” free. During my second loop around the […]

By a Mother
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By a Mother

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  “O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you….”  My baby’s heart stopped beating and I don’t know when.  All I know is that on Friday it was fluttering and six days later it was still.  One moment:  Whoosh!  Whoosh!  Whoosh!  Then:  Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep…….. My mother’s heart heard […]

Poem: "Sanctified Hands"
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Poem: “Sanctified Hands”

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Sanctified Hands Fingers spontaneously unfold, joint by joint Revealing a palm itching to catch: A ray eminating from His Holy Face. A beam of light filling the hole drilled By worldly endeavors. A luminious stream of love flowing Through fingers outstretched, spread apart Attemping to capture infinity In a particular moment in time. Washed clean, […]

Poem: "Little Boys and Leaves as Toys"
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Poem: “Little Boys and Leaves as Toys”

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Little Boys and Leaves as Toys (For Luke and Tate) Shrinking Jack o’ Lanterns smile their sunken, crooked smiles At little boys chasing leaves under a cloudy sky. Barefoot, the boys collapse over each other, laughing, As leaves swirl in their tantalizing ritual dance. Across the road and down two houses, Mr Ed rides his […]

Poem: "An Early Harvest"
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Poem: “An Early Harvest”

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An Early Harvest I hope you and your little winter garden stay safe in this freak fall storm. Have you secured your dented watering cans in the graying wooden shed? The little shed with a patched tin roof. I’ll bet you squeezed the wheelbarrow, Still filled with mulch, Between the push mower and solid, yet […]

Poem: "Gold Dust Tonic"
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Poem: “Gold Dust Tonic”

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Gold Dust Tonic I think I should feel happy, Because I finally got my way. I can worship my Golden Calf Every night and day. But when I go to milk her On a morning, oh so bright, She somehow turns her head my way, Knowing something’s just not right. For she’s fit for only […]

Poem: "Passionate Love: In Memory of C.J."
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Poem: “Passionate Love: In Memory of C.J.”

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Passionate Love: In Memory of C.J. A woman of a thousand smiles and merriment and cheer. Yet infinite tears flow within her heart Unseen Occasionally soaking her pillow Rarely, rarely bathing a friend’s shoulder with the balm of sorrow and love. Heroic Mother, Bravely shouldering the evil of a Moment in Time. Sorrowful Mother drafted […]

Poem: "The Gatekeeper Awaits!"
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Poem: “The Gatekeeper Awaits!”

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The Gatekeeper Awaits! Open the door of Faith Plunge your praying hands through his wounded chest! O Centurion’s sword! Thank you for a straightened path into his Sacred Heart! Now, pierce his heart with your laser Faith! Beloved One, penetrate his chambers. His heartbeat drowns reason’s fears, transfusing your mind with Truth. Faith illuminates the […]

Poem: "First Kiss"
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Poem: “First Kiss”

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First Kiss Shivering, water awaits morning’s first kiss. Mounding, swells reflect dawn’s hopeful glow. Returning, trawlers absorb beams’ warming rays. Longing, shore-bound sojourners anticipate sunrise’s mysterious power. Ah! The first kiss, Love! Lovers glow radiating, radiating… Transfigured: Warmer than a glow                     More penetrating than a […]

Poem: "Holy Face"
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Poem: “Holy Face”

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Holy Face Your hideous face compels me to stare, no gawk, at you As I peruse stalls in Caru-a-ru market. Every week I search out your emotionless countenance Wandering through the crowds. What are you doing here? Can your lopsided eyes see the wares hawked in my direction? Or does your left eye double as […]

Poem: "The Star"
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Poem: “The Star”

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The Star She picked up the zucchini and belted out a ditty About living on a farm and singing a country tune. The girl with the microphone knew about foot long zucchinis and birds that say, “Bawk! Bawk!” as life’s refrain. “Bawk-Bawk! Bawk-Bawk! Bawk-Bawk!” She follows the clucking birds into the woods That invite her […]

Poem: "Listening for a Summer Song"
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Poem: “Listening for a Summer Song”

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Listening for a Summer Song She peels late June Redhaven peaches on the porch. Juice bursts through tender, fuzzy skin Dripping into the bowl’s hungry mouth. Fruit flies swarm in the sweltering air at the knife’s approach. Another reason to peel outside, in the heat, she muses. She peels and she wonders, Alone but for […]

Poem: "Carolina"
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Poem: “Carolina”

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Carolina Carolina Blue exists, just not today Today a dusty blue blankets Carolina Carolina wrens still twitter in the woods Woods that welcome those seeking shelter Shelter from the heat or TV TV shows that fail to refresh the senses Senses dulled by overstimulation and heat Heat steaming off porches sprayed with water Water tepid […]

Poem: "Miss Kim, For You"
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Poem: “Miss Kim, For You”

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Miss Kim, For You Miss Kim, Miss Kim my hardy Lilac bush, Fragrant blossoms perfume not my garden this spring. A Southern summer singed your leaves, scorched your roots While acrid smells distracted my senses.  Your fragile petals, confetti-like Fluttered to the earth,  Butterflies your only lingering audience.  Your nectar they miss, this season.  The […]

Poem: "Behold the Wood of the Cross"
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Poem: “Behold the Wood of the Cross”

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Behold the Wood of the Cross I am the wood of the cross. A lone, dead cross beam I was chosen to be carried                     On the scourged back of the                     Savior of the World Bruising, crushing, burying in the dirt,                     Once, Twice, Three times                     The Son of Man Dead wood […]

Poem: "Moved by Grace"
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Poem: “Moved by Grace”

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Moved by Grace When I was 32 days shy of nine, my parents moved us. Away from the brilliant green waters of Recife Away from Lourdes, who made the spongiest strawberry sponge cake And she could sew aprons and matching dresses too. They moved us away from the vast, tall green stalks of sugarcane fields […]

Poem: "Lovers' Hope!"
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Poem: “Lovers’ Hope!”

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Lovers’ Hope! Early spring frost glazes budding Yoshino cherry blossoms. Glittering, glittering in late morning, under a chilly sun. Lovers pause. Mid-afternoon warmth destroys the illusion. Crackling ice tinkles to the ground. Melting, dissolving into the dirt of death. ………….Or life……….. A violent protrusion of crocus greens extrude Soil particles still damp with melted frost. […]

Poem: "Walking Trees"
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Poem: “Walking Trees”

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Walking Trees Superficial sorrow Tears white-washing your sepulchre. Soon, soon enough Dry bones will crumble Into the eternal stone sarcophagus Of a life barely lived. A Walking Tree, bearing no fruit, For, your roots penetrated only The surface of His mantle, Never reaching His core: The consuming fire of love That streams under roots drawing […]

Poem: "Living Crib"
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Poem: “Living Crib”

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Living Crib Make a manger of my heart, O Lord! Your skillful carpenter’s hands master Grace’s lathe and plane. Chiseled chips of fallen humanity, flash frustration Fly! Falling upon the soil of my soul, Softening it, creating a bed for beasts of burden to lay. Carve a cradle for yourself, my sweet Baby Savior. The […]

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