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Another Side

of Molly

Dr. Molly O'Dell is an accomplished poet and
shared two of her poems with our readers:
Glenna
tore her hand on the ring washer.
Earl determined she'd see a doctor.
Newspaper told of this new lady doctor
in town. Glenna said she'd go there.
Her wound, ripped like old wet tissue,
needed an expert. Glenna wouldn't have it,
said I could do as good as any city
doctor. She watched me fumble
the first stitch, then unraveled
her life story while I sewed edges
that never matched. When we were both
satisfied, she made a plan for me to check
her wound on my lunch break, said she'd
rather fix me dinner than have some agency
inside her house. During daily dressings
at her kitchen table, we watched Earl
come in from the fields and climb
the back steps for dinner. When I left,
after dessert, the porch swing rocked them
shelling peas or snapping beans.
By Molly O'Dell, from " Off the Chart, "
published by WordTech Editions, 2015.

Once Weekly, As Directed
First, leave the asphalt
to traverse spaces
where ferns and their allies
can't not grow,
cross mountain streams
to score your mind
with the music
of burbling water
over rock
so that lists, facts
and details
shrink to fit dimensions
they deserve.
Then rest someplace
where heat from
sunlight or wood fire
penetrates each and
every sinew
to completely relax
your anatomical core.
By Molly O'Dell,
from " Care is A
Four Letter Verb, "
to be published by
WordTech Editions,
March 2021.

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