The Dream

tom and minnie on wedding dayMammaw Minnie came to me in a dream recently,
As a child near the age I was when she died.
She wore the dress and hair ribbon I’d seen in an old photograph.
Until the dream I did not know they were yellow.
Relatives drifted in and out of familiar old rooms,
forming groups.
Everyone laughed and talked at once. Continue reading The Dream

My Rolling Pin

30dc02816355c7453354ac2581363a40My rolling pin turns as silently
On its axis as the earth.
Rubbing my palm along its smooth, wooden shaft
Sets my teeth on edge,
For its abrasiveness disguises itself.
The surface reveals nothing
But perfect uniformity.
Natural etchings of amber
Swirl and speckle in the grain,
But remain two dimensional
Under my touch.
Water spots mar the raw pine blondness,
Splotching with smudges of gray,
Like ancient fingerprints.
This piece of wood belonged to my grandmother.
When I grip the handles,
I feel the warmth of her touch,
And the heat of it spreads up my arms,
Into my heart.
Anita Stubbs

LOCKS

old women on porchShe sat, reflected.
Locks of silver trembled in fingers reluctant,
Hesitant.
The brush stroked indulgently,
Sensually, unrestrained,
One hundred times.

She sat, reflected.
Strands of silver shimmered in attraction,
In friction.
Crowning highlights bristled in ritual.
Hair, alive and crackling, flew,
Unrestricted.

She arose, retreated,
Locks of silver tightly braided, pinned down,
Properly.
Hair, alive and crackling,
Decently subdued,
And bound.
Anita Stubbs

 

 

My Granddaughter Walking

baby-feet-first-steps.jpgWith outstretched arms and upturned face,
Her eyes clear China blue,
She took one wobbly halting step,
Before she could take two.
Chubby fingers gripping air,
Her face so filled with joy,
She mastered ten full toddling steps
To retrieve a favorite toy.
My grand daughter walking across the floor,
Both thrilled and chilled my heart
I knew too soon she’d walk away
All grown, and on her own, apart.
Today she walks across the stage,
In tassled cap and gown.
Head held high, so proud and sure
She graduates.
Anita Stubbs