Poem of the Fortnight

One concern when I started this blog was that I would use up writing time and energy that should be devoted to writing poems. My poetry critique group meets twice a month, and I try not to miss any meetings, whether I have a poem or not. I also really try to have something to take, even if it’s a very rough early draft. In addition to helping me improve as a poet, this group (to which I have belonged for more than 20 years!) also provides inspiration and incentive to keep working.

As an additional kick in the butt, I’ve decided to post a poem twice a month after critique and revision. I realize that’s not exactly a fortnight, but it’s catchier. In the fall, when my babysitting gig returns to after-school hours, I will aim for “Poem of the Week.”

Grandma’s Awesome Toast

Is it the bread?

The toaster?

Or just love?


Chloe says, “Grandma, you make the best toast!

Can I please have another piece?”


It’s not the bread—regular store-bought multigrain—

or the toaster—an ordinary Black and Decker—

or even the love.


The secret, which I keep to myself,

is real butter.


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