Category Archives: Poetry

To Write, or Not to Write: That is the Question — Subtitle: Confessions of an Occasional Poet

Gentle Reader: A recent conversation with a fellow writer has prompted me to give thought to what I might do with my time if I were to retire –and that won’t be any time soon! First, I still love what … Continue reading

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First Love

For Danny © Bonnie Staiger 2003 We were born one day apart our Moms in labor together we rode bikes in 2nd grade in 6th grade we played kick-the-can As freshman we danced cheek-to-cheek I wore a yellow dress and … Continue reading

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Verbal Abuse of the English Language

Gentle Reader: The annual List of Banished Words— a release by Lake Superior State University—has caught my attention again. Fortunately, normal people can take consolation that much of the blame for this year’s list goes to politicians and the news … Continue reading

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My Father’s Hands

© Bonnie Staiger, Published:  Parkinson Foundation Report, Summer 2003   Strong and rough Fixing cars Planting trees Building a cabin “Hold my hand, Daddy The curb is high And I’m afraid of falling.” Printer’s ink Under his nails Never quite clean … Continue reading

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Cycles

© Bonnie Staiger. Published: Woven on the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 2001) Mother and daughter count the bales of alfalfa– it is a time to talk, You are uneasy as you wait for the appearance of that first fresh flow of … Continue reading

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Varmint Eradication

© Bonnie Staiger. Published: Leaning Into the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 1997) Must be that I come from Homestead stock that makes me such a good shot Been five, maybe six years since I picked up that rifle but Annie Oakley strikes … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

© Bonnie Staiger. Published Leaning Into the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 1997; WHERE THE HEART RESIDES: Timeless Wisdom of the American Prairie, William Morrow, 1999 Given the choice I would walk every measured mile of the contoured prairie . . . take … Continue reading

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