Author Archives: Claire Haye

for Jennifer

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Haircut?

Haircut or live with it?!!!! Of course I can count, of course I know how old am…did you think I was senile or forgetful.  After all I remember everybody’s birthday, my wedding anniversary and the date your husband died and… I just did…

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Anniversary

I never seem to fully recover from the long illness and death of my husband. Grief’s appetite (a phrase captured from the poet Annah Sobelman) He possessed my youth.He held title to my beauty.He had the keys to my womb. “The hardest part…

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Revised version of I am a tree

I am the tree I am the wild horse running free I am the caged bear I am the snake ready to strike   I am the young boy dissolved by the bomb’s blast I am the mother grieving for her son. I…

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Looking in the mirror

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birth day

My mother was a 35-year-old dancer married to her third husband and she longed for a daughter. I am her only child. Begin, begin, resist, persist Some births are gentle and smooth Not mine. A tremulous embrace of two hearts engaged in a…

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I am

I am the tree I am the flea searching for a dog home I am the small yellow/black bird feeding at my bird feeder I am the child separated now at the border crossing I am screaming for my mother   I am…

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33 poems …sharing one

My very slim volume of poetry is available on either claireworks.com or this website. Elizabeth Taylor was born on February 27,1932 died March 23, 2011. Ode for Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor was in my day the most beautiful woman in the world. I…

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Words as weapons or instruments of change

Words as weapons or instruments of change One of the things that I have noticed as the years pass is how language changes, morphs and creates new words. The adverb seems to have died …how many times have been jarred out of a…

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Brooding

It is a sunny day with undertones of gloom The blue sky is lying but the wind may be telling the truth.   I must make a pact with what good is left in the world And never use a plastic straw again.…

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