December 11-17, 2017: Poetry from Glenn Ingersoll and Judy Shepps Battle


Glenn Ingersoll and Judy Shepps Battle

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Glenn Ingersoll
lovesettlement@yahoo.com

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Glenn Ingersoll lives in Berkeley, California where he works for the public library. He hosts Clearly Meant, a reading & interview series, at the Berkeley library’s Claremont Branch. He has two chapbooks, City Walks (broken boulder) and Fact (Avantacular). He keeps two blogs, LoveSettlement and Dare I Read. Recent work has appeared in Poetry East, Askew, and Hearty Greetings.

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Glenn Ingersoll. and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


I was blue.

That is enough being blue!
I said in a loud voice
which carried over the heather.
A man came to me bearing a paint can.
I have here enough yellow
to change your hue
entirely,
he said in a practical manner,
popping the lid with a thumbnail
and dipping into the smooth yellow
a broad brush
that frightened me but which I wanted
all over my body.
I took off my clothes.
I took off all of my clothes.
You don’t look so blue, he said.
You don’t look so very blue.
But he was already yellowing
my knees when he said this
and was slipping his color
onto my blue thighs.



Judy Shepps Battle
writeaction@aol.com

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Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a South Brunswick, New Jersey resident, addictions specialist, consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been accepted in a variety of publications including Ascent Aspirations; Barnwood Press; Battered Suitcase; Caper Literary Journal; Epiphany Magazine; Joyful; Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine; Raleigh Review; Rusty Truck; Short, Fast and Deadly; the Tishman Review, and Wilderness House Literary Press.ity.

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Judy Shepps Battle and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Sleepless in South Brunswick

12:45 AM
two hours sleep

thought crowds out peaceful haze
until Simon’s loud purr

reminds me it took more than 3 years
for him to purr at all

and that Creator is always in the process
of healing broken bodies and spirits

even when it doesn’t seem like it
especially when it doesn’t seem like it.

I ask myself if I will remember
this awareness next incarnation

Or that I was Judy?

Simon smiles as Bodhi wags tail
perhaps I will be Judy and you will be Bodhi

or maybe all three of us will ride the thermals
disguised as a refreshing spring breeze.

Awe and respect for mystery saturate my
in and out breaths as I relax

growing fatigue morphs into sleep
sometime before dawn.