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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Lori Wall-Holloway

Smile with Love

(Dedicated to Baby Miles)


Wide toothless grin

of six-month-old baby

brightens gloomy day

His laughter and efforts

at conversation

using his own expressive

language demonstrates

a love for people and life

only a smiling infant

can teach


High School Drama


On stage

I begin to speak -


“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”


As I recite Juliet’s love

lines, a part of me wonders

if a young man is in

my future with the ability

to show heartfelt care


TV shows formed fantasies

of how relationships

should be, but inexperience

caused me to walk away

from a genuine love

waiting on the sidelines

Instead, I chose a path

with someone else

that did not turn out

how I expected


Would I go back to those dark days

to decide differently?


Or would other kinds of heartaches

transpire to shape me?


Like a cabinet being sanded

to the real wood

or a butterfly pushing out

of a cocoon

I realize no matter what

decision was made

trials would still  

occur to peel layer after

layer of myself to reach

the person I have become



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