Role Reversal

Role Reversal elegy

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Silver-green feathers of foxtails, nodding lazily through rusted wire fences,
The orange-gold chalice of a single poppy in a sea of tender grass,
Meandering sidewalks—charcoal-gray ribbons of asphalt, fractured by weedy cracks—
Palm trees and fir trees and the spreading oak.
Sleepy, small-town quiet, kissed by spring and haunted by the bittersweet ghosts of
My Cinderella dreams,
The world of my childhood, seen from beneath the peach-colored brim of a canvass sun hat.
Decades ago, I raced away at the speed of light, only to return to find time standing still and
Nothing much changed … except me.
Dimensions overlap, deeply familiar then with alien now. You can never go home once you’ve left.
Not really. Not all the way.
Role reversal. Until today, I was the one who left—left over and over as she stood outside the door,
Waving and smiling. It’s all right. I’ll be fine. Call me when you get home.
This gray morning she left me. Standing where she stood those many times, I tried to return the favor,
As quiet men closed the doors behind her, and the plain white van pulled slowly away.
It’s all right, I told her. I’ll be fine. Call me when you get home.

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Kathy DiSanto

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Kathy’s publishing career dates back to 1997, when she published a two-book romance series with Bantam’s Loveswept line. The first book in the series, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award.In 2012, Kathy self-published two thrillers. Amanda’s Eyes, the first book in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson, is a paranormal thriller that has garnered a 4.4★ average on Amazon and was a semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards. Her second thriller, Why Live?, is dystopian science fiction.Current projects include the sequel to Amanda’s Eyes, remixes of her two romance novels, and posts to her blogs Write Minded (on the writing life) and Momma D’s Diary (a humorous look at aging and retirement).As a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy wrote more than one hundred features for print and the web. Now retired and writing full-time, she enjoys meditation; reading; live performances by her sons (both professional musicians); brisk walks with her rescue dogs, Molly and Lucy; and playing handy gal around her 92-year-old, foursquare home in Martinsburg, WV.
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Randall Smith

When you started it was like a palate full of colors and I could see the words. Then I saw myself leaving and returning and I knew the sorrow and pain. You can take a person on a trip with your writing. i will take this ride every time, thank you


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