BC-MA–Small Town Poet-Excerpts,Adv05-06,0350


For release weekend editions June 5-6 and thereafter

Excerpts from J. Patricia Holohan’s poems

With BC-MA–Small Town Poet


By The Associated Press

She sat demurely at the table, sipping

her milk. She munched the chocolate covered donut,

but no trace was left on her pretty lips. She

was a picture of grace and elegance. I could

not help but ask “Honey, what’s your name?”

“Victoria.” She was as polite as she

was pretty. How perfectly the name matched the child.

– From “Victoria”

I stopped to pull the tray of muffins from the oven. The smell was

heavenly. I stood, inhaling deeply. One muffin caught my eye, held me

hypnotized. It sat in the corner of the tin, staring at me with moist, blue

eyes. I could see the sun-tanned brow, the healthy glow of two cheeks. I

was speechless. Those blue eyes held me, like limpid pools.

– From “The Blueberry Muffin”

I spent my lifetime loving others, tending to them. After the death of my husband, I was alone, no one to have to do for, to clean for, to care for. … Now, for the first time, I can remember, I’ve been painfully lonely. I’ve ached to feel strong arms around my shoulders. I longed for someone to be in the room with me, hungered to look deep into loving eyes.

– From “Loneliness”

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