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Ellaraine Lockie


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Exhilarating energy 
Incredible calm 
Belly laughs: July Fourth
explosions
Foreign for four
menopausal years

Now come in short bursts
Long enough to nerve-
twitch me active
After hibernation
in my selfish eggshell

I hatch slowly
Each day cracking
lost wonders
Ice cream and oatmeal
for breakfast
English for Chinese neighbors
Lunch with an editor
An afternoon rest home visit
A cat-in-heat night

Hello sunshine!
I’m 54 years old
at Disneyland
With the rest of my life
to take rides
I follow famous sisters
through Tomorrow Land

At 60 Colette opened
a beauty salon in Paris
Jackie O became a book editor
Margaret Meade said
The most creative force in the
world is a menopausal woman
with zest

You haven’t seen anything yet
Margaret Meade


This poem first appeared in the Sun Poetic Times.
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

 

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Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded author of poetry, nonfiction books and essays.  Her collection, Where the Meadowlark Sings, won the 2014 Encircle Publication’s Chapbook Contest and was published in early 2015.  Other recent work has been awarded the 2013 Women’s National Book Association’s Poetry Prize, Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England for Stroking David's Leg, winner of the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest for Red for the Funeral and The Aurorean's Chapbook Spring Pick for Wild as in Familiar. Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. She is currently judging the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contests for Winning Writers. A resident of Sunnyvale, California, Ellaraine is also a professional papermaker who has worked with community projects in that capacity in South Africa and for various U. S. businesses. A video featuring her poetry, handmade papers, and handbound books can be seen here

 


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You go girl!!!
Posted 02/18/2015 08:00 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
One thing more. If any of you can persuade Jayne the YDP editor to hit your city at any time, you're going to enjoy every minute.
Posted 02/18/2015 03:13 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Nice to have you share a car with us on the way to Portola Valley and to find your new poem two days later. It IS a "kicking-up-the-heels" poem and great fun to emulate.
Posted 02/18/2015 03:11 PM
Jo:
Hi Ellaraine, I'm kicking my heels today! Love the poem.
Posted 02/18/2015 09:25 AM
cork:
I am so lost!
Posted 02/18/2015 08:52 AM
mimi:
Hi Ellaraine, love the poem--starts my morning off with zest!
Posted 02/18/2015 07:02 AM
KevinArnold:
One thing I learned from Sharon Olds was to embrace a poem that's breaking new ground, and this seems to be doing just that with great panache!
Posted 02/18/2015 12:03 AM


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