In the Year 2020 ~ by Sharon Auberle

snow coming tonight
pot of red beans and rice
simmering on the stove
dark comes earlier
each evening now
I have survived so far
even thrived
though I didn’t always know it
I’ve touched clouds
flown about the world
and that     in times like these
seems not real     a dream --
flying machines and castles
in the sky     faces unmasked
bodies still allowed to embrace
hands to touch    arms
able to sculpt angels
with a child in fresh snow
beer and beans and rice
allowed to share
while laughing and dancing
the black night away …

Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who served as Door County, Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2017-2019.  She has authored a number of books, including her most recent–Dovetail, co-authored with poet and artist Jeanie Tomasko, which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook of the Year award. 

November Editor, Ronda Miller was State President of Kansas Authors Club, 2018 – 2019, Miller has three full length books of poetry: Going Home: Poems from My Life, MoonStain and WaterSigns and chapbook Winds of Time. Miller’s first children’s book, I Love the Child, was published 12/13/2019. The book’s illustrator is Katie Wiggins, a found cousin. I Love the Child, won first place for The Children’s Books Award at the Kansas Authors Club State convention, October, 2020.

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