optimist

if you remember love
just add hope
share it in your own words
despite rain
despite uncertainty
share a story that conveys
love belongs to everyone
don’t be surprised if
it brings about smiles
drawing back the curtains
eventually brings sunlight

by mary ann blinkhorn

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left me with a warm feeling of peace

and there they were

two old friends in the shopping mall, warmly smiling

we hugged

talked about old times

like how Neals used to

bring his trumpet to the

annual holiday sing-a-longs at the day care centre

play alongside of me

me on the piano

Patsy singing harmonies like an angel

we celebrated

Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan

all in the same celebration

the sounds of children’s and staff’s voices

singing gleefully, singing respectfully

like one big happy family

we were one big happy family

such beautiful memories

left me with a warm feeling of peace

by mary ann blinkhorn