With Thanks to poet George Ella Lyon and author Jane Kurtz. . .

I am from musty damp creek-side
with yellow-striped salamanders.
Tuna-noodle casseroles and celery with peanut-butter.
Sunday night hymn-sings in the jewel-stained-glass church.
Sticky-making bing cherry tree
So tall, I could see the whole neighborhood.
Sack-racing champion.
Sick with bronchitis so often,
I felt like a misfit at school.
Red-clay digging by the creek.
Firefly catching with friends.

by Laurie Miller Vischer at 10/10 Women’s Retreat

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