One Day at a Time                                                                 by Patricia Miller

Today, I wear my orange dress.
Not apricot or fuzzy peach, but Chevy
engine orange, ski hat orange
Nike shoe orange. Look-at-me-Orange.
 
Today, I feel you beside me,
The chattering squirrel your voice,
your hand the baby beagle’s paw.
Today, I wear an orange dress
 
I smile at strangers on the street.
Skip when no one is looking.
Not happy about, simply happy,
watch robins eat worms. Happy.
 
You laugh at me. You laugh with me,
we are in love. Goo-goo-eyed-first love
Steadfast I’m-here-with-you-love. 
Old married you're-still-the-one-love.
 
Today, I wear my orange dress

Patricia Miller began writing poetry to find perspective during a difficult transition. Poetry is now her go-to-way when seeking to understand the incomprehensible. She graduated from University of Saint Mary (Saint Mary College), Leavenworth and resides in Mission Kansas. She was recently published in Months to Years.

Guest Editor Katelyn Roth graduated from Pittsburg State University with her Master’s in poetry. Her work has previously appeared online at Silver Birch Press and at Heartland: Poems of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity. Currently, she lives, works, and writes in Kansas City.

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2 thoughts on “One Day at a Time                                                                 by Patricia Miller

  1. If you know Patricia Miller please give her a great big hug and tell her that her poem absolutely touches my heart. My partner passed away 5 years ago and there are days when I, too, wear that orange dress.

    On Mon, Feb 21, 2022, 8:01 AM The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative wrote:

    > Another Darn Fine Poet posted: ” Today, I wear my orange dress. Not > apricot or fuzzy peach, but Chevy engine orange, ski hat orange Nike shoe > orange. Look-at-me-Orange. Today, I feel you beside me, The chattering > squirrel your voice, your hand the baby beagle’s paw. Today, I w” >

  2. Pat, I delighted in your poem, “One Day at a Time”. Congratulations on beautiful work. At first when I saw,Orange, I feared it might go dark but instead it went “Delight”. Kiddos to you!

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