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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 10:33 pm

The New One

This week’s poem is by
guest poet Lola Lucas
who has written about my
The Round Barn, Volume I,
soon to be published.
Thank you, Lola! JJ

The New One
for Jackie Jackson
September 2011

Jackie brings her newest to my car
For me to coo over –
“Oh, such a big one!”
She’s had a dozen, I wonder
If she can really remember
All their names. Her proud
Exhausted smile bespeaks
A long hard labor.

Swaddled in brown paper
Her latest manuscript
Nestles in her arms.
Comparisons of books to births.
So trite. So true.

She doesn’t pop them out each year.
Some took decades of gestation.
She has a brood of children’s books,
Writing manuals, round barn stories
Of growing up on a dairy farm.

The secret of writing?
Set pen to paper then PUSH!

– Lola Lucas
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