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Carol L. Deering


The words she spoke
blossomed in the room.
Their sun painted the walls.
Corn grew in the northwest corner,
had ears, exhaled into October.
A tiny biplane flew low and ~ look,
there's a tiny Cary Grant, running
for his life! How will we feed him,
now the corn's gone?

Can he live on stories, too?

© by Carol L. Deering.
Used with the author's permission.



Carol L. Deering grew up in New England, but has also lived in Arizona, Michigan, Germany, and Washington State. For the past 30+ years, she has lived just outside a small town in the least-populated state in the U.S. Says Carol, "We had a railroad, now a bike trail. We have an airline,  but no bus line. From our windows we connect with deer, pheasants, a great blue heron, raccoons, cottontails, foxes, coyotes, a porcupine, Sandhill cranes, chukars, owls, geese, horses, and an occasional neighbor’s dog. Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
A delight.
Posted 07/11/2018 01:11 PM
Lori Levy:
Yes, this is what words do. Great!
Posted 07/11/2018 01:01 PM
wendy morton:
Let our words bloom.
Posted 07/11/2018 11:36 AM
Such a lovely poem. All of my children learned to love the library and now their children and grandchildren follow the pattern. I will read it to my Lucky Listener first graders when I return to tutor in the fall.
Posted 07/11/2018 10:48 AM
In just a few words, the corn with ears came and departed. That's what words do.
Posted 07/11/2018 09:15 AM
Larry Schug:
An entire story appeared in my mind as I read this--a picture book I can read over and over.
Posted 07/11/2018 08:27 AM
michael escoubas:
Enjoyed this "word-fest" Carol! Thank you.
Posted 07/11/2018 08:25 AM
A delight. In the dark ages- Used to read to the younger ones in Edenburgh - with their Mums after school. The Mums loved stories too!
Posted 07/11/2018 06:03 AM

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