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The poet and the alphabet …

To the poet the alphabet is but a puzzle waiting to be solved.

Avram Ohm (1954 –  )

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Nancy Duci Denofio – Featured Poem at the DYSTENIUM Online Community

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Nancy Duci Denofio - Featured Poem at the DYSTENIUM Online Community

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS

You lean over wood
as if dying –
but my arm supports
you – my love
connects – arm to arm
I feel it under my
skin – it flows through
my blood – this
power I have I share
with you.

Your eyes talk for you,
and I understand where
you have been – where
you still want to be –
but as you lean on
wood – watch as your
mouth sucks in air – those
eye’s feel the edge of
life – they look smaller
as if – you are
disappearing.

You bring tears to my
eyes – yet I turn, hide as
if a child – not wanting a
friend to see my true
feelings – tears because
I see the man who
pushed my swing – who
guided me as I slid down
a slide – who had tears in
his eye’s when I wore
white, and placed a penny
in my shoe.

Your pain I feel it too
and I want to lean on wood
for you – for us – for
all the years you – were
my pillar – of my life
and now I search for help
to make you smile – as
a child searches for a
playmate on a deserted
street.

You know – I know your
friends are gone – left you
alone, but you are filled
by their love deep inside
your heart –
love – never changes –
it only grows deeper,
thicker, stronger, as roots
of a tree – as roots spread
beneath the ground – our
ground – our life – as I grab
your arm – take a few more
steps and search for the
pillar you need –
to stay alive – today.

Nancy Duci Denofio
© 2011 All Rights Reserved

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Buchanan, NY – Artistic Rendering

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, located in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. This photo appeared as a Featured Photograph (Artistically Rendered) at the DYSTENIUM Online Community © 2011 DYSTENIUM LLC. Join 125 writer and author friends in the Hudson Valley. Click the above image to visit the Hudson Valley Writers and Authors Group (HVWAG) page on Facebook. To join HVWAG, just select the "Like" button on the page.

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Spotlight on Amanda Haines of the Ohio Writers and Authors Group (OHWAG)

warm, spring days
in New York City’s
boroughs were
filled with sounds
of children playing
in courtyards –
splashing in puddles
from recently melted snow

plastic bats connected
with wiffle balls –
on baseball’s opening day,
commentary from
an 8-year old boy
with dreams
of making it in
the big leagues
echoed off brick
apartment building walls

unaware – in a few short
months, game six
of the 1986 World Series
was going to change baseball
history – would Shea Stadium
erupt sending Mets fans
onto the streets of Queens
victorious for the first
time since
1969?

rain poured, anticipation built –
game seven
proved worth the wait!

red socks were
hung out to dry
across blue & orange
country while
one little boy
would spend his lifetime
remembering the day
“the bad guys” became his heroes

until then,
puddle jumping
from base to base during
wiffle ball games,
an imaginary pennant,
and hearing
Vin Scully’s voice
announcing:
“the Mets win it!!” –
would continue
hanging
on the walls
of his imagination

 © 2012 Amanda Haines

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General Electric Plant and Headquarters, Schenectady, NY Photographed During the 1920s – From the Collection of Nancy Duci Denofio

General Electric Plant and Headquarters, Schenectady, NY Photographed During the 1920s - From the Collection of Nancy Duci Denofio