Death on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick is said to have died March 17th over 1500 years ago. Was it expected?  It wasn’t when my mother’s mother died on the same date fifty-one years ago.  It wasn’t when my friend died on St. Patrick’s Day just past.  I’ve never believed in luck, but for me, it’s a day that marks loss instead...

The Last Spring

A sweet Carolina sunset taunts me with spring. There’s promise in the tulips, hope in sparrows, and new life evident in the allergy attack seizing Pickens County.  The juxtaposition of life and death sobers me now, and the mountains here are likewise juxtaposed with the oceans I left behind... (a tribute to Joshua Welker)