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You find out

why it’s called “hardwood”

the instant it rises up

to slam you

on the cheekbone

after your doctor

takes away the medicine

that has served you well

for twenty years

but is now declared “dangerous”

for those of a certain age.

He substitutes it

with a “safe” medicine

that causes you to faint

as you’re walking

across the room

but the government knows best,

never mind the insult

and the bruising

and the pain.

Safety first!


©  2017  Betty Hayes Albright 


(It could’ve been worse – no broken bones.)


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(This was originally written in 1995 after the devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan. The title has been changed to “Typhoon”, as we lament along with our friends and neighbors in the Philippines and send up our prayers.)


Where do we hide

when Mother Nature

swings her fist

into the mesh

of continuity?

Who engineered these promises

we thought were tempered steel?

The shrapnel of reality

cuts through our paradigm

as we shield our eyes

from fire

and the collapse of illusion.

Where do we draw our water now?

How can we bake our bread?

.  ~~  

We wish the people of the Philippines all the assistance possible in their recovery from this terrible disaster.


(c) 1995, 2017 Betty Hayes Albright

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