Friday, March 20, 2009

Country Cemetary

In a country cemetary on Erie Rd. down the street from where we grew up, our ancestors lie in sun-dappled shade. The headstones are clearly visible, graves are cleaned and well-kept. Familiar family names cut in stone herald our Polish heritage. As we wander through this peaceful little place, we wonder at their hardships, or their heartaches, their stories untold. The inscriptions and dates speak of a long lineage of a hearty people. Our people. No matter their stories, their blood flows through our veins. Our hearts quicken with the knowledge that although names change, time and distance separate us, we are still connected, and stronger because of it.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Country Girl

Aunt Elsie’s Cows

Green field curtains
With black and white
Jerseys grazing
Framing the windows
Reminding Aunt Elsie
Of her Michigan home.
Those gentle, big-eyed
Calves that sucked
Your thumb and gazed
Through those long black fringes
While kittens rubbed
Figure eights between
Your legs in the
Sweet smelling,
Barn on the hill.