Hello Miss Young,

I read your piece with great interest; I'm always intrigued when someone writes an opinion piece such as yours, who truly has no skin in the game. You state we need " we need facts, not moral panic and politicized narratives" correct. …


A Villanelle

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Let it be known

On the third day of November, in the year two thousand and twenty

The one who thinks he is a king will be overthrown

The grifter used the presidency as a stepping stone

To steal from the good citizens every damn penny

Hear ye! Hear ye! Let it be known

The man-child has a propensity for evil, thus he has shown

Blaming others for his failures, for there are plenty

The one who thinks he is a king will be overthrown

The Republican party hath shown no backbone

They allowed a cruel…


A Villanelle with Imagery

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Front and center, no longer hidden

Longitudinal study of genocide

The white man’s burden, “Death to the Black man” for it is written


From a woman who knew neither of them

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Between the ages of five and six, my mother divorced my father. She never spoke bad about him, however, the only thing she would tell me is that I would find out what kind of person he was on my own. During that time, there were the scheduled weekend visits, he would take me to Golden Gate Park, or to the zoo. Then the visit would end with the both of us at the toy store.

There are several memories that stick out about my father. One was where he took me to the Ice Capades, and when I had…


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She is strong and resilient, nothing gets by her

History has taught her much for all that she sees

Her pain and anguish for her lost child, she is now death’s connoisseur

Life has grown from within, she is love’s whisperer

And its just a matter of time she’ll teach them their ABC’s

She is strong and resilient, nothing gets by her

As each day passes, she wonders should she just infer

How history treats children like hers, as if they were diseased

Her pain and anguish for her lost child, she is now death’s connoisseur

She knows there are…


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The days of old are gone, but the shackles still remain

Where can mercy and grace be found

White supremacy carries the mark of Cain

Treated like animals, so very inhumane

Racism and hate are America’s playground

The days of old are gone, but the shackles still remain

Another life has been taken, can’t comprehend, its a mental strain

We watch the scene over and over sickeningly spellbound

White supremacy carries the mark of Cain

How many will we watch to be continually slain

The land of the free has become a hunting ground

The days of old are gone…


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We waved goodbye, as they walked out the door

A kiss on the cheek, a tight hug was felt

The sound of their voice is nevermore

Memories in the sun from their time at the shore

It was only a matter of time when we realized the hand they were dealt

We waved goodbye, as they walked out the door

Whispers of “I love you” as they led you onto the dance floor

Together forever, each moment was heartfelt

The sound of their voice is nevermore

“Why isn’t Grandma here anymore?”

There are no answers, feelings no longer felt

We…


during quarantine

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“These uncertain times”

I hear this a lot, on the radio, TV, streaming services. However, it has put me in a particular mindset, the mindset of:

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Most people recognize this verse, its from the Lord’s Prayer. This is the Catholic version:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. …


but they sure are pretty

gotta love YouTube and the Japanese

Violet DeTorres

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House // " When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time" --Maya Angelou

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