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Monday's Child
Linda Lee (Konichek)

“Monday's child is fair of face.”
The bathroom mirror, not very friendly to a skinny,
knob-kneed teen, who looked at others and dreamed,
became more kind in the third and fourth decade.
Now, that she’s almost seventy, the mirror reflects:  
hair, more frost than color; well-earned wrinkles
around expressive eyes, that don’t lie well, instead,
flash-play each new feeling for all to see; sometimes 
cry real tears; a passionate old broad, who still cares.  
Nordic cheekbones and six-foot height, 
topped by a big hat, still make her stand out in a crowd, 
though her steps have become less bold.  
She loves big earrings and luscious red lipstick,
has little, un-pierced ears, hearing
almost gone, in one of them. 
Still, she’s an Amazon    in-her-mind
too many projects    too little time 
but there is this: full natural lips that love to
              talk    eat    kiss    smile.

© by Linda Lee (Konichek).
Used with the author’s permission.

Linda Lee (Konichek) is a textbook author, entrepreneur, and former teacher who has always loved poetry, horses, and Wisconsin--not necessarily in that order. For the past twenty-five years, she has raised Morab horses (a cross between Morgans and Arabians) on a 114-acre farm in Eagle, Wisconsin; her poems tend to reflect the every day miracles that surround her there. Learn more about Linda at



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Catching up on my daily dose of inspiration ~ and this is so full of life! You're a 'one-of-a-kind in the best possible way. Super poem ~ Judy
Posted 02/28/2012 03:45 PM
Donna Pflueger:
Linda, I feel like I met you in this wonderful poem. Your line "flash-play each new feeling for all to see...", how liberating to be free to express what you feel AND to wear big earrings and red lipstick! Loved your poem.
Posted 02/27/2012 08:36 PM
Hi Linda, Passionate old broad that cares--I know that broad, those eyes that don't lie, and she is even more than this portrait.
Posted 02/27/2012 04:30 PM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
Hi Everyone, Thanks for your comments, don't know where the different sizes, bold, in the type came from, but the rest is the way I wanted it. Linda Lee
Posted 02/27/2012 03:15 PM
Janet Leahy:
Expressive eyes that don't lie well—oh yes, I know about those. Lovely poem, thanks Linda.
Posted 02/27/2012 09:50 AM
Poets and standard poodles--there should be a club!
Posted 02/27/2012 09:24 AM
GREAT poem, Linda, I really relate! love the "passionate old broad who still cares" I'll drink to that!
Posted 02/27/2012 09:06 AM
Bravo, Linda! I love this, especially "talk eat kiss smile" -- What more is there in life?
Posted 02/27/2012 08:59 AM

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