Poem in Visions International

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Last March, I took myself on an “Artist Date” to Oakwood Cemetery, where I spent the afternoon writing poetry in the sunshine between tombstones, and I’m proud to announce that one of those poems recently found a home in Visions International, a journal of poetry from around the world.

Today, I’d like to share it with you.

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Oakwood Cemetery

Breathing is different
in a cemetery.
In   out   in   out
each inhale a second chance
each exhale a choice.
All around, weathered stones
reduce good and evil,
happiness and tragedy
to a few numbers and names.
The sun bears down from a blue sky
while I sit atop a life, shoes off,
breathing.

© Carie Juettner, 2015.

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Published by Carie Juettner

Carie Juettner is a former middle school teacher and the author of The Ghostly Tales of New England, The Ghostly Tales of Austin, and The Ghostly Tales of Burlington in the Spooky America series by Arcadia Publishing. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as The Twin Bill, Nature Futures, and Daily Science Fiction. Carie lives in Richardson, Texas, with her husband and pets. She was born on Halloween, and her favorite color is purple.

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