Christmas cactus blooms
through Lent to Easter
Image courtesy of Dover Publications.
From Dover’s Greatest Clips.
This is a beautiful photo by Merrill’s husband, the late John L. Gonzales.
Both fine artists, we begin this Guest Post of Merrill’s drawings in John’s honor.
Cover Pine Island Journal of New England Poetry 2003 – 2004
Cover Stone Country
Cover Whole Notes 1993 a time for singing
Voices International Cover Drawing
Photo by John L. Gonzales and drawings by Merrill Ann Gonzales.
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Posted here with Merrill’s kind permission.
By Christine Novak Kane
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Thank you, Christine!
of compassion . . .
she pins up my hair
Today is the 8th anniversary of my mother’s passing. All is well. I thought I’d share this haiku, which relates to different memories. When I was a girl, Mom brushed my hair and braided it before school. When she was old, I brushed her long hair for her.
This haiku was published first in Time Of Singing (1996).
Today is my dad’s birthday.
He was born in 1915 and called Home in 1983.
My mother was born in 1917 and called Home in 2004.
love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again
Bell’s Letters Poet.