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There are times in life

When the world spins around you

And though you move slow

Time is relentless

And, despite your best efforts to catch it

Time falls through your fingers like sand

It’s been a minute

Established routines were lost

To time’s onslaught

Yet, the spinning slowed

And suddenly Autumn was in the air.

As summer dwindles,

I can think clearly

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When Spring Came to Fall

A breeze has begun.

Listless still, but cold and crisp

It harbors the fall.

and the end of an old cycle

But, underneath the wind

A budding laugh grows

And she awakens

Like a new spring

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Nostalgia

Looking through photos

Brings a honeyed nostalgia

That’s soured with fear

What if I remember

Only the picture? And not

The sweetness of the moment?

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Ants

Trying to make sense

Of a life in upheaval

Is like trying to

Hear a conversation between ants

You can see them, sure

See that they’re conversating

Their little antennae move

And they hustle forward with purpose

But what they said?

It’s non-sensical.

Problems are like this too

They appear, but don’t make sense

And decisions must be rushed toward

with all the purpose

of an ant on a mission

but none of the understanding.

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Youths!

It’s never enough

You can work – or stay at home

You can have game nights

And family dinner

You can take an interest

Or give them some space

But no matter what

To a teenager…

It’s never enough

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Graduation

How do I begin?

You had to grow up too soon.

You were the strong one

The oldest kiddo

With the most responsibility

As you celebrate this day

I think that the hardest times

Are finally behind

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Divorce

Sometimes I feel like

I’m a placeholder for others

Because of me

Their world stays in tact.

They’re allowed to grow, and be

While I remain fixed.

Always straggling behind

In the shadow of their success.

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Kids

Labor division

Is never equitable

Where kids are involved

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Scar

Hard work is not done

In the moments or seconds

That come after pain

No, hard work is done

In the smile of encouragement

The breath of patience

The tears of frustration

Hard work is not just blood or sweat

Those are momentary…

Fleeting

Hard work is done

In the creation of the scar

And the faded memory it becomes

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Reset

Sometimes in our lives

We need a break from it all

True for children, too

My fourteen year old…

Said she needed a reset

As a parent, it’s hard

Hearing you’re not wanted

But it’s a valid feeling

For a teen to have

Especially when…

So many things are going on

So, she’s at grandmas

With no phone, but lots of love

For her reset.

And as for me?

The waves crash in front of me

Teal and turbulent

Foaming with worry and tousled with love

For my kid who carries so much.