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Edward Hujsak


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That Sunday, a fog rolled in
From the cool Pacific,
Cocooning eucalyptus trees
Where Monarch butterflies
had come to winter, and making
Magnolia blossoms invisible.
I played choral works
From "Missa Solemnis" on a
Long-play vinyl recording.
You accompanied, hesitantly,
On your new Salzedo harp.
A mocking bird (taking lessons)
Trilled down the chimney.
We laughed, call for it
To recapitulate, but it had fled.
We stopped for conversation.
We drank fine wine,
Then forgot about dinner.

From The Year of the Daisy and Other Love Poems (Mina-Helwig, 2013).
Used with the author’s permission.

 

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Edward Hujsak is a rocket engineer turned writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of fine furniture and musical instruments. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Edward worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn’s famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. Edward is the author of seven published books and has written commentaries for a variety of journals and magazines, including Spaceflight, Space News, Machine Design, San Diego Reader and MAKE magazine. He lives in La Jolla, California.

 

 


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tomleech:
Pleasant words, images, relaxing, an enjoyable style of meditatation and comtemplating the good things in life.
Posted 04/10/2014 10:58 AM
Jo:
A perfect moment--aware how everything is one. Loved the poem.
Posted 04/07/2014 11:17 AM
jeanie:
writer, artist, sculptor,& ROMANTIC! very nice.
Posted 04/07/2014 07:25 AM
TheSilverOne:
beautiful...romantic..
Posted 04/07/2014 06:11 AM
phebe.davidson@gmail.com:
This is, absolutely, the best poetry parade in town! (BYW--shouldn't "call" in today's poem be "called?")
Posted 04/07/2014 06:10 AM
Ross Kightly:
Of all reasons for forgetting about dinner... well, this has to be well up there! Lovely stuff.
Posted 04/07/2014 03:40 AM


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