Wednesday, April 20, 2016



A note to my younger self:
Don't take the world so seriously.
You don't always have to do as you're told.

Snatch off that silly bonnet
and run towards freedom.
Make your move, and make it bold.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2016


  1. Wow, some great advice here! I love that last line! You continue to knock them out of the park every day! I will be back later, probably much later, with mine!

  2. Go, Lizzy! These are cool people, your relatives. Real or not, they are real. And I am a little scared for tomorrow. Hug. xx


  3. "Pa's Lament"

    And so her ma dresses her up
    all pretty-like
    in that sunsuit
    and ruffled bonnet
    and sets her down
    in front of me,
    "Ain't she pretty, Pa
    take her picture!"

    And of course
    i smile
    and put the camera
    to my eye
    and try to capture
    that cowlick
    the stubborn smile
    and those dimpled knees

    all the while
    thinking about
    sun-parched crops
    economic downturn
    unsavory neighbors
    and world wars

    wondering how
    her pa can
    possibly protect
    all that sweetness
    from the world's

    (C) Carol Wilcox, 2016

    1. I tried to get Pa's voice. I tried to write Mama and Papa in two voices. I had to settle for Lizzy's letter-to-my-younger-self.

  4. I would hardly call that settling! I loved this one!