I am happy to announce the following poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize:
Sonnet to negotiate peace with your dementia by Tracy Lee Karner
The Morning of My Madness Waking by Jim Zola
No I in Team by Ed Shacklee
The First Night by Devon Balwit
Moving Day by Alan Walowitz
After the Ghost Investigation by Christine Potter
Congratulations and good luck!
Sonnet to negotiate peace with your dementia
You’re dozing in your rocker, feet planted.
You clutch the chair’s arms, appearing prepared
for the shock of bad news, your neck slanted
head jutting forward. Oh my dear gray scared
bird, while invisible worms still burrow
you stop searching for a table to hold
your reading glasses. And then you furrow
your forehead, begin to snore. You turn old.
The unread want ads lie on your stomach.
They rise and fall between us as we breathe.
Will I tell you? No, I’d rather mimic
you now, observe in silence all that seethes.
I thought I might explain why we’re broken.
But sleep. This, too, will remain unspoken.
by Tracy Lee Karner
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Editor’s Note: This poem delicately offers a glimpse into the slow loss of a person. It’s all the more poignant because the narrator’s emotions are strong, but kept in check by love.