Author Archives: Claire Haye

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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Is there anything….

Is there anything I can do? When I was a child I was a very good student and had an affinity for math and science. This was before I really came apart as an adolescent and left behind such pursuits. I remember a…

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What power

What power is loose in the world! Too late, too late   We have woken her from her long nap She has begun cleaning her earth And will not stop until the shores are empty of life All animals are extinguished Excepting the…

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The Big Table

The Big Table When my husband and I were just in the planning stages of building a new house we purchased a large sturdy rectangular oak table that had two leaves to extend it to sit twelve good sized (my family is very…

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John Michael Haye born November 8th 1943

John Michael Haye born November 8th1943. He died in his sleep April 27th.2001   His death was like a birth   As a young mother would about to deliver This his very last day…a profound gush of energy. Later I found the list…

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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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