The Velocity of the Hourglass

by Kelley Gusich

Aron Visuals

In seventh grade I was thirteen, I think, which I’ll be the first to admit was a HORRIBLE year. I had big silver braces and a short curly perm, and shit came out of my mouth that was, quite literally, shit. I said horrible things to my mother that seemed to come from someone else’s mouth, that to this day (I’m almost 52) I feel bad about. …


by Kelley Gusich

https://unsplash.com/photos/r9T0LZv8xWQ

i don’t remember this

game being so hard

before

but then i suppose

i didn’t have you playing with me-

a game of skill

you say it is but what if you

just let the

counting and the

hopping

and the

throwing

come naturally??

your rock can land where it should

and my rock can land where it should

and maybe those are different places

but really great landings — -

and maybe

my

feet don’t always go

in between your lines and i know

we aren’t throwing to the same

numbers

at the same times

and…


by Kelley Gusich

family in sunset by Pexels

It’s the late 1990’s and I am a young, divorced English teacher with Multiple Sclerosis. Those factors do not define me, but they’re pertinent to the upcoming story, the one where I’m 30 years old and ready to have a baby. At this point in my life I’d done the things in the order I thought you were supposed to: I went to college, got a teaching degree, and got married. Then I immediately got sick and got divorced — in that order and (it felt like) at that speed.

The story wasn’t proceeding like I’d planned…


Poetry Contest: Summer Songs

Johanes Plenio brown boat near dock

Part 1

I look out into the horizon
of your indifference.
A vast outstretching of perpetual sunsets,
the blaze extinguished again and
again.
I try to catch your heat, to find it, to meld it
with my own.
My fleeting successes like capturing a match flame
with my fingers.
I’m left only with a wisp of climbing
smoke,
and pain of blisters
the sweetest kiss could not suffuse.

I wish to feel your power
like bonfires, I have seen and felt
and crowded in the cold —
my hands outstretched toward warmth
that dying embers can’t provide.

The fire of our love…


Johanes Plenio brown boat near dock

Where Can I Get Me Somea This?

by Kelley Gusich

Here is a message I got on Facebook, from a former student:

>>Hey! You probably don’t remember me — this is definitely a little out of the blue.
I was just working on a story when the B-52’s started playing. I suddenly had this vivid memory of a hip English teacher dressed up as a “Rock Lobster” for Halloween. You, right? I would have been the, uh, fairly talkative freshperson. Maybe bright blue hair? 2003 or 2004.
More than a decade later I write sci-fi, and it’s nice to run into you…


by Kelley Kay(e) Bowles

[photo by Koshevay on Pexels]

My father was one of those autodidactic learners — interested in school just for the sake of it. I think his final total for college credit was 325? But no degree. He just liked learning new stuff. When he was preparing to marry my mother, they had a discussion of their future. Bartending and waiting tables weren’t going to hack it anymore, especially since they wanted to have kids and my mom wanted to stay home with them. (This is the mid 1960’s, don’t forget. …


Poetry…right?!?!

By Kelley

Since I don’t subscribe to any newspapers, my friend was kind enough to send me this from Andrea Gabor. it’s long, but my post is at the end!

[Amanda Gorman Showed Why Schools Should Teach Poetry Again — Bloomberg](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-23/amanda-gorman-showed-why-schools-should-teach-poetry-again)

Amanda Gorman Showed Why Schools Should Teach Poetry

Verse has mostly been erased from the curriculum. After Inauguration Day, it should be easy to see why that’s a mistake.

By

Andrea Gabor

January 23, 2021, 8:00 AM EST

Were curriculum writers listening?

Andrea Gabor, a former editor at Business Week and U.S. News & World Report, is the…


Poetry…right?!?!

By Kelley (photo by Kelley, too)

Since I don’t subscribe to any newspapers, my friend was kind enough to send me this: it’s long, but my post is at the end.

[Amanda Gorman Showed Why Schools Should Teach Poetry Again — Bloomberg](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-23/amanda-gorman-showed-why-schools-should-teach-poetry-again)

Politics & Policy

Amanda Gorman Showed Why Schools Should Teach Poetry

Verse has mostly been erased from the curriculum. After Inauguration Day, it should be easy to see why that’s a mistake.

By

Andrea Gabor

January 23, 2021, 8:00 AM EST

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Were curriculum writers listening?

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Andrea Gabor, a former editor…


by Kelley

Saturday morning I came downstairs, early, to find my oldest son on the couch watching Man of Steel.

Again.

MoS is one of those flicks in the cupboard under our tv that gets pulled out and re-watched frequently, like Zootopia or Big Hero 6. The Incredibles, too — until it got stepped on (the boys also leave things laying around, frequently. Imagine that…😜)

I don’t watch every repeat with them — I’m not so good at sitting down for two whole hours — but I’ll park my fanny for ten minutes here, five minutes there and reacquaint myself…


photo: training SEER

Kelley’s Konundrum: The Skin We Wear

I grew up in Western Colorado in the 70s and 80s. All summer I went to the pool at Tiara Rado; I got swim-suited and oiled up every day, and proceeded to DESTROY MY SKIN. I get the heebs thinking about it now, and when I look at the spots on my 50-year-old chest or the furrows on my forehead, I just think WHAT THE HELL!?!? What the hell were you thinking with the baby oil and the hundreds of hours in the sun?

Then I read this Medium article by Libby Jane Charleston:

Kelley Kay(e) Bowles

Writer: Cozies @RAPublishing, YA Paranormal @AioniosBooks, Narrative Nonfiction. ❤️s my family, books, writing! www.Kelley Kay Bowles.com📚@kelkay1202

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