Together

Oh to be able to taste again

I have forgotten what breakfast tastes like

In the sunlight

Hard to tell which part of the body is singing

Too cute

I search the day for pretty words

Coffee coffee buzzbuzzbuzz

So it is settled

This is how the end comes

It is as hot as Texas

There is something about a Queen

I sleep deeply under the strawberry moon

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dVerse prompt to take first line of first poem written in each month of 2022. I wasn’t very prolific this year so had to snitch a couple of lines.

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Together

Minnet

New Year’s Day was a birthday for my second born and a smorgasbord for the relatives. Pickled herring, cheeses and pressgurkin, gravlax, pate, pepparrot, Janssons frestelse, kuttbullar, sometimes lutefisk, bruna bonor, appelflask, oxrelader.

Akvavit poured in just the right amount. How we linked arms and shouted “skol”. I can still hear my mother-in-law’s voice, “That will warm the cockles of your heart.”

midwinter hoarfrost

crispy sharp on old flowers

cold stabs in the mind

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dVerse haibun prompt on New Year memory. Forgive my Swedish spelling.

Minnet

Wet Feet

Dad would take me to the island park

Fairbank Iowa

across the swinging bridge

“Don’t get your feet wet”

but I would slip right in the Wapsie River

cool water in my shoes

didn’t heed the warning

went home with sand between my toes

Wet Feet

Coffee Withdrawal

Coffee coffee buzzbuzzbuzz

I was addicted to coffee

had it everyday

about the same time

double shot

Espresso

Coffee coffee buzzbuzz

double shot

seeped in flavor

magical beans

ground fresh

Coffee coffee buzz

welcome the first sip

aroma too

dark with crema

Coffee coffee

don’t need the buzz

no addiction

Coffee

I quit

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dVerse prompt on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors. I chose Coffee coffee buzzbuzzbuzz because I quit drinking it but still grave it.

Coffee Withdrawal

Crossroads

“My battery is low and it’s getting dark.” Mars rover Opportunity

I slept deeply under the strawberry moon

had dreams of your fear of traffic

you would not cross the highway

even though the signs were clear

you were lying on the sidewalk

unable to get up and move

while I was at the other side

waiting and calling

I had to go on

alone

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dVerse prompt using a quote from a list. I loved the quote from the Mars rover.

Crossroads