Neighbor Martha

When she retired
from the New York City police department
moved to live
full time in Upstate New York
33 years ago
she got a job
as a supermarket cashier.
In her eighties she is still
checking out groceries.
At Hannefords today
she said
I still swim
a medley of strokes.

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.


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