County Route 20 Mae Sings

Should there be drawings of these people? What do you think? Here’s Mae:


Mae grew up here

but for many years  she lived

with her husband and five daughters

in  Cincinnati downtown. The girls were grown

and she came  home.

Every single day of her life

she looks like a holiday. Thursday a bright red suit.

Mae is big and beautiful.

What she knows of life is everything.

three men maybe four are on her

horizon. Musical ministers who can

play instruments. She wants a man who can

play music because

every single day Mae sings.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I really liked Painting Brooklyn Stories, but the pictures make the poems about one particular person and make it harder for me to go into my memory and my imagination. My Spoon River Anthology isn’t illustrated. But I think some are.

  2. Esther! My favorite line–…Every single day of her life she looks like a holiday…–makes me so happy every time I read it. I see drawings and more — a whole movie, really.

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