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Poem in Visions International


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.


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,

© Carie Juettner, 2015.

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Carie Juettner is a middle school teacher and the author of The Ghostly Tales of New England and The Ghostly Tales of Austin in the Spooky America series by Arcadia Publishing. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, the Texas Poetry Calendar, and Daily Science Fiction. Carie lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and pets. She was born on Halloween, and her favorite color is purple.

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