Tag Archives: M. J. Iuppa

A Break in Weather

First autumn morning after a stubborn stretch of summer heat, I drink coffee on the porch, wondering if the magnolia’s pale pink blooms will last longer than a day before dropping onto the strait of yellow grass.                                     No wind to … Continue reading

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Hats, hanging

on the antler rack, hats holding the shape of your head—hats stained with sweat & smell of work, the way you’ve thought it through this life that comes from dirt. Straw hat, cloth hat, checkered hat lost, then found on … Continue reading

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Season of Ceremony

When I pull my brown cotton gloves on, I know what close work lies ahead. Our small decorative gardens are a confusion of weeds and flowers, waiting for my careful pincher technique—to lift, separate, and pull in one clean motion without … Continue reading

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A Sky Full of Shadowy Beasts

Looking out the kitchen window, I run my eye over the remoteness of the back yard & take an inventory of what remains the same… The way the watering can never moves from its station beneath the crabapple tree, or … Continue reading

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In the Gloom of Late April

These mornings taste of iron; somehow, its bitter tang doesn’t wash off the tongue but stays in the back of the throat, like a cry that suits the constant hunger of just-hatched robins, wanting their bellies full be- fore it’s … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Everything Mean Something?

In late October, a Sunday afternoon doesn’t last for long. The front lawn’s littered with soggy sycamore leaves & it looks deceptively cold outside, but it isn’t. Wind pushes things around, seemingly shiftless in its going no place special, like … Continue reading

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Next Time

If I knew the precise hour that’s natural as uncertain weather, that’s neither winter or spring, but something that insinuates itself in a blank sky, I would be guilty of living detached yet watchful of a wall that casts its … Continue reading

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