Thursday, May 3, 2012


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Temporal Dyslexia

Sentinel at the door –
patiently awaiting
my friend’s arrival –
I scan each smile
entering the room.

But, when she appears,
I miss completely
her face.
Am caught off guard
by a stranger’s
warm greeting.

I did not recognize
this mature woman
with silver-streaked hair,
laugh lines and glasses.

Though our friendship is
decades old,
in my mind’s eye
she is still 15.

P.S. Cleary/2008

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Author Dori
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  1. This is truly lovely poem. And because you're an awesome poet, I nominated your blog to the Liebster Blog award, you can read about it here:

    The Liebster Blog Award is kind of like a big Internet hug one blogger gives to another because they're so cool. So yeah, I think you're really cool.

    ♥ Sopphey

    1. Oh my gosh! Wow! Thank you, Sopphey! I’m so honored… also shocked and amazed! And now, I have some homework to do. You’ve already created one link for me back your site [THANK YOU]! @ [Loved your dream story and illustrations!]. Now, I need to figure out how to add a badge to my web site, and also choose (only?!) 5 bloggers that I love (who have less than 200 followers) to pass the hugs on to. I'll be back later. Thank you again! :-)

  2. Pam, such sweetness. Isn't it funny how our minds peg our friend's age at the age that we meet them? A mental fountain of youth:-)

    1. Thank you, Sara -- glad you liked it! And so true about that mental fountain of youth. I think we peg our own age that way too -- hence the startle we get when we look in the mirror! :-))

  3. Oh my. Always reminders of how quickly time passes. Well penned, my friend.

    1. Such a cliche, but time really does fly, huh? :-] Thank you, Marie -- so glad you enjoyed it! :-)

  4. RE: COMMENTS & LIEBSTER AWARD: I’ve been so busy lately just trying to keep up with WRITING that reading & commenting have been on the back burner. So, now, it looks like I will have to get cracking on the READING.

    PLUS, every link I jump to leads me to yet another new blog and another unfamiliar (to me) writer to check out. I could fall into a black hole and never be seen or heard from again! Wish me luck!

    And, again, THANK YOU! You guys are really making my day/week/month! :-))