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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.

 

 


Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Ellaraine Lockie grew up in a Montana farm town and writes at her local Starbucks every morning because it feels like one of the friendly coffee shops where she grew up, a place where everyone knew everyone else who came for coffee and camaraderie. Along with publications in the standard journals, Ellaraine's poems have appeared on broadsides, buses, rented cars, bicycles, cabins, greeting cards, key chains, bookmarks, mugs, coffee sack labels, church bulletins, radio shows and cable TV.
Ellaraine serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, LILIPOH.

                   


 


Post New Comment:
transitions:
You go girl!!!
Posted 02/18/2015 08:00 PM
Jo:
Hi Ellaraine, I'm kicking my heels today! Love the poem.
Posted 02/18/2015 09:25 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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