Author Archives: Claire Haye

Autumn Song

Walking along summer turning to autumn roads. Walking the rambling circle. Walking slowly cautiously.   Head bent down often seeking for/ seeing /choosing heart shaped rocks. Stones not too heavy to burden my journey.   Changing. I have begun to collect smooth unworried…

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Climate Change -true or false

Climate change /Absurd   The spring birds arrived in the winter The rain came in place of the snow The wind stormed when it should have been calmer Not an odd moment but a permanent change in the weather   The vast ice…

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The difference between prose and poetry

My last visit with Jennifer Ryan (my daughter’s mother-in-law) was September 6, 2019 and it left me shaken and sad.   Lament for Jen o’fer She was …….she was….. she ain’t anymore what she was Jen o’ fer (as they say in merry…

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As the world turns

As the world turns In the local Spanish culture there is a word for two women whose children are married and share grandchildren-comadre (spelling unknown). My older daughter Melissa married Alex Cserhat in 1996.  His mother, Jennifer Ryan, lives in Taos and has…

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Warning: this is not PC

If you’re definitely still alive but you think that an important part of you has died, can you hold a memorial for that part of you that feels over or vanished?   I want to have a funeral for my looks. My good looks. …

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 I really can’t take it any more!

 I really can’t take it any more! After all these various shoot-ups and mass murders you would think I would get used to reading about innocent folks being killed doing regular normal things like going to a Garlic Festival or for heaven sake…

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Partings

I live in a small town; I know many of the inhabitants of my community without knowing them well. I count on our friendly random interweaving and mild exchanges. Seen from the corner of my eye   Elaine Sutton ……Lee Driver Let me…

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a poem

For many years my good friends have given a Memorial Party at their lovely home –the group varies somewhat but generally has the same cast of characters. After the party I usually send them a poem as thank you note, but I chose…

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Hey I am getting OLD!

Hey I am getting OLD! Turning 50 years, turning 60 years old, turning 65 years old and well even turning 70 years old…not so bad. I was feeling reasonably good…what is this aging stuff?  Hmmm, not as thin as I used to be,…

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So many funerals

So many funerals… I live in a small town and I am of a certain age. This means people I know seem to be dying off on some unknown but regular schedule. Lately, I have been going to quite a few funerals. I…

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