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Taking Comfort


Hair was

Longer now

Soft and flowing

It draped over her

Shoulders, cascading down

Just like in her younger days

Everyone remarked how it looked

Like a pale gray scarf that kept her warm

They shed some tears as the casket was closed

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben


Edible Educator

This week’s Theme is Lessons From Nature


My Nephew Daniel

Colleen Chesebro invited Harmony Kent to supply this month’s #tankatuesday #poetry challenge with a Theme Prompt, and Harmony suggested: The Longest Day.

In September of 2009, this took place in Michigan. Over 12 hours. 

7 pm, the call came

He’s 18, and he’s dead

In a hospital bed

Hit by a truck

Heads shook in disbelief

No, this could not be true

But what could pull him through

That he would live

Praying in circles, small

From all who heard the cry

Raise the request on high

Save this young man

Silence until the call

Eleven fifty-five

Dear God, he was alive

How could this be

Doctors went on record

It made the TV news

They said prayer pulled him through

Not their doing

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben


Goldilocks wanna be

She heard blondes had more fun

She wanted to be one

Dye her brown hair

She chose to take it slow

Hairdresser gave her streaks

Of the shade she did seek

Gradual change

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben


When in Roma


Turned up

Pushed away

Poor tomato

She refused to eat

Raw or cooked, either way

Ketchup she could tolerate

Her parents couldn’t understand

She’d eat ketchup and tomato soup

Couldn’t stomach the original fruit

Although it was never documented

Precisely when she tried them again

Perhaps on a fast-food burger

When mixed with the condiments

Culinary heaven

And it was game on

Stuffed with tuna




©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben