Every Flavor

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up in a huge Irish Catholic family, Thanksgiving dinner quickly turned into a raucous event with upwards of 20 cousins under the age of 18 scattered throughout my aunt Karen’s house.  Karen, the...

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Haiku About Home

Our readers wrote these haiku on 10/4/17. Visit our Facebook page every Wednesday and write haiku with us. Like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/lightcapfarm   Sun streaming through leaves of river birch and maple respite from the world --Carmen...

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Courage for Truth

It’s a windy autumn in the desert. There are no stands of evergreens or pines to break the force--only dust, dry and crumbly under feet and irritating sand in the eye. The first graders lined up with fortitude in this dust. We waited patiently for the photographer to...

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Haiku About Twilight

These haiku were written by our readers on 9/27.  Visit our Facebook page each Wednesday to write haiku with us. Like and follow us so you don't miss us:  https://www.facebook.com/lightcapfarm/     Twilight in Louisiana: When the sun goes down The air still...

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Nefertiri in Vegas

What you grinning at, monkey boy? I sigh imperceptibly and close my gilded eyelids without a sign. Why is it that men of a certain age with pale, knobby, varicose-bedeviled legs insist on wearing shorts, socks, and sandals whenever and wherever they vacation? Or the...

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Riding the Wake of the Yo-Yo

Cancer is pretty much ubiquitous these days. Watch the commercials during any t.v. show if in doubt. We all know someone who has cancer, who’s died of cancer, who’s survived cancer. It hovers around us like—well—like a cancer. But it’s much different when it knocks on...

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Haiku About Morning

These haiku were written by our readers on 9/13/17. Visit our Facebook page each Wednesday and write haiku with us! https://www.facebook.com/lightcapfarm/ I wake to darkness The cool sweet breeze on my skin Blessed birth of Fall   --Sandy Jean Borden ##  ...

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Haiku About Wildfire

These haiku were written by our readers on 9/6/17. Visit our Facebook page each Wednesday and write haiku with us! https://www.facebook.com/lightcapfarm/   ##   The wildfire I see Coming for you and for me Fascists in D.C. --from Stephanie Hayes   ##...

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Morrison’s Maze

Some years ago a friend asked me if I thought Beloved was Toni Morrison’s best book. I answered that it was one of the best books, period. To me it’s right up there with Steppenwolf, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice. It’s a book that has...

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Doppleganger

I lived in a valley. I live in a valley. The sun sets on one side and rises terrifying On the other The mirror shimmers that shaky reflection Back to me Trembling in the predictable gusts of wind On the surface of the stream   She stares with hollow, black eyes...

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The Second Fool

Death Dialogues #4 Second Fool: “Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?” First Fool: “…a gravemaker: the houses that he makes last till doomsday.” from from Hamlet I sat on the floor across from the vet who had just put down our 12-year-old,...

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Recapitulation

Our moon lived on that corner where some words burned a hole in the sky with their endless requests for blond haired boys mouthing sounds of brass and reed very young and very old forever second guessing wayward Venus and something I don't know the name of danced with...

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Fathomless

The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the Loss of the “Titanic”) Thomas Hardy, 1912 and 1914 1 In a solitude of the sea Deep from human vanity, And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she. 2 Steel chambers, late the pyres Of her salamandrine fires,...

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Frankenstein

Since the election last year a number of lists on how to survive the Trump presidency have been making the rounds on social media. At least one of them had “support art and artists” as one of their recommendations. Without really thinking much about it, I accepted...

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Shooting Spree

The photo above was taken on March 10, 2017, at the annual fundraiser for the Laura Wilcox Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by SRYCL, this quiz show  draws hundreds from throughout California, where we have fun, honor Laura's memory, and raise funds to support young...

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Long and Short of It

I'm sure I've heard them say that twilight is too late over dawning mountain and dying river dark authority of vine dead end road down night's sinking street along this opulence of forgotten highways away in great smiling circles a madrigal of monosyllables my ears...

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Two Factions Two Problems

“Everyone sees the world through his own green bottle.” –Stefan Novak The obvious struck me recently, when I was feeling worn down from the tension in our nation, tension that trickles down into friendships and familial relationships so effectively that our now right...

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Rio Dingo

Stella Zelinsky sat at the kitchen table, absently stirring her cooling coffee, into which she had just poured a few ounces of orange juice. Even more absently, she gazed at the middlespace (her husband for twenty-seven long years, Herb) who sat between Stella and the...

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