Crabby

“Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool.” — Mary Catherine Bateson “Worse, I have to admit to feeling the jealousy of one crab for another that has managed to climb out of the barrel.” … More Crabby

Background Check

“It’s very difficult to escape your background. You know, I don’t think it’s necessary to even try to escape it. More and more, I start to think that it’s necessary to see exactly what it is that you inherited on both ends of the stick: your timidity, your courage, your self-deceit, and your honesty – … More Background Check

Confined

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” — Andrew Murphy *   *   * Breeze and Tiller Kelsey wait to escape from behind their screen door walls. – Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2016

Reprieve

And still they wait— 157 or more, gathered before the soup kitchen door. Waiting— for relief from the chill, from the brunt of hunger, from lost promise. Waiting— before the shadow of light that must define hope peters out. Waiting— to escape from the wet, from the dirt and the dark. Tonight, tomorrow, again, again and … More Reprieve