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Retirement Home
by Roxanne Smolen

Thursday, September 16, 2004
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There is a row of dwarf trees
tangled with proximity.
Their gnarled, arthritic branches
scratch painfully at the wind.
On each black and spindly bough,
from the scars of fallen leaves,
hang clusters of bright berries,
like beloved ornamets
of forgotten holidays,
and the crows feed upon them
as if it were meant a gift.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/17/2005
God. It's beautiful how the "Smolens" are all connected. But this poem is a gem and most meaningful. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Michelle Smolen 9/24/2004
Mom, I liked it alot. Love the complexity of it! Great Job.
Love you bunches,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/17/2004
wonderful poem, roxanne! well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/16/2004
Well done, Roxanne. You captured the setting perfectly.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 9/16/2004
and it was a gift, just as this lovely poem is to us.
Reviewed by Kevin Mc Crum (Reader) 9/16/2004

This poem belies description. It is the essence of poetry! So much vision, depth, color, emotion, and intention all wrapped together in so few, yet well chosen words. Truly wonderful work!!!
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 9/16/2004
This poem is a gift. An insight to the sadness of nursing homes. Well done.

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