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Mirrored Images by Rosanne Catalano is a collection of her poems, short stories (fiction) and story articles (non-fiction).
Mirrored Images, a second book by Rosanne Catalano, begins with a poem about, and dedication to her late fater and still-living mother, and goes into a short story she wrote about an experience with bullying in the eighth grade of school to a story article about being saved by a guardian angel when the story's character was in her mid 30's. An interesting read in which you, the reader, must guess which of her stories are fiction or fact.
Rosanne's next book (her third) will be a fiction novel continuation of this book by starting off where "Mirrored Images" leaves off.
"Mirrored Images" by Rosanne Catalano can be purchased at her website (www.rosannecatalano.net) or at Lulu Press' website (www.lulu.com/content/1094520)
DEDICATED TO MY LATE DAD AND MY MOM:
On October 13, 2005 I got the worst news any child can get...my dad passed away after a month and a half in the hospital fighting asbestos lung cancer (aka mesothelioma).
I had been at his hospital bedside practically all day and night that month and a half. However, that story and the horrible way my father was treated in that hospital is another story for another time.
Today I would like to tell you why I'm starting off with a poem I wrote in dedication to my dad. Although he was a child-like father to my brother, sister and I, I will always love him unconditionally. And truly wanted him to stay here on earth. But our Creator said it was time for my dad to join his brothers and sisters who went before him. I am consoled by the fact he is no longer in any pain or discomfort due to the many health crises he suffered over the years after his first heart attack at 52. He lived to the ripe old age of 81 years and, in spite of his poor health, lived a good life and always encouraged my love of writing. And, although my mom is still alive (thank you God!) she too encouraged my passion for writing. So, it is to both my late daddy and my mom that I dedicate my second book.
c. June 2006
On Father's Day I want to tell you
How much you mean to me
When you took me by the hand,
Oh how I loved you so
A little girl I was...
You took me in your arms
For the first dance with your daughter,
And even though you directed me
A young woman I was...
I took you in my arms
Told you I loved you
Not knowing it would be the last time
You heard those words
An adult woman I am...
Though I always told you I love you,
I may not have told you of all the wonderful memories
Of growing up with you as my dad
Memories that continue to flood my mind.
I remember the fun things you did
with your children --
my brother, sister and I.
The roller-coaster ride in your little Corvair
That made all three of us scream with delight,
while going up and down those hills you drove upon
Telling us kids not to be afraid that you were, after all, a bus driver
and the safest driver around.
What a day that turned out to be
Now just memories
of the little boy you never got to be
In that orphanage you grew into manhood in but were for us three.
I still miss thee and wish our Father above hadn't called you home with your
brothers and sisters who went before.
I love you forever and ever more
and my heart is still breaking so...
and that is why I dedicate this book to you.
Happy first Father's Day in Heaven, Dad.
SPLIT MOMENT IN TIME
c. 2006 Rosanne Catalano
As she held tight to the steering wheel, the rays of the sun glinted off the windshield but she did not care. She continued to stare at the road ahead. She drove out of her hometown, not noticing the beauty all around; her thoughts were on what had just happened at her job...