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in a glance
Grace Hughes Chappell



evening shuts down our day
we're done working

in the companionable almost-night

in a glance it's a finished world

rolling on toward September

jewelry of tomatoes on the fence, the same

where a lizard finds last warmth

the same you built for runner beans to climb

we stand entire moments to eat Sungolds

one by one, orange hallelujahs

holy communion

you and I at dusk the only witnesses

of a history now in shade

© by
 Grace Hughes Chappell.
Used with the author's permission.



Grace Hughes Chappell says, over the years, she’s been a mom, a daughter, and a sister, has taken care of ‘things’ (house repairs, car repairs, relationship repairs), worked as a private tutor, an English teacher, a travel agent, a receptionist, a telephone book delivery-person, a house cleaner, a reader to the visually impaired, a caterer, a snow-shoveler, and a writer. Her work is widely published and she is the author of ten mile creek almanac. For 50-some years, Grace and her husband, Don, have lived in northern California, in Mendocino County, and in San Francisco but, as of 2024, they have relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be near family. Grace's advice for a good life is to be kind, enjoy your family and friends, don’t be a drag (laugh a lot, sing, dance, do anything
that involves music), read a lot, learn to cook a decent meal, watch sunsets and birds and dogs, find something to do for which you have some aptitude, then be willing to work hard at it!

Post New Comment:
"Jewelry of tomatoes"! Love it! Have that now hanging over August supports. Wonderful, late summer images. Marilyn Zelke-Windau
Posted 08/18/2016 07:30 PM
I love hallelujah for sungolds. They are a burst of sacred beauty in the mouth.
Posted 08/18/2016 11:06 AM
Have read and loved this little poem several times in a difficult day. It's beautiful - and made the day very much better. A big 'thank you'
Posted 08/18/2016 04:15 AM
I enjoyed this concise, lovely, reflective poem. Janice
Posted 08/17/2016 08:20 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Jean Colonomos: So beautifully wrought and moving.
Posted 08/17/2016 10:05 AM
A lovely meditation, Grace! Holy, indeed!
Posted 08/17/2016 08:58 AM

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