Alicia Patti

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I have been writing poetry for 50 years. I have entered some contests and three of my poems have been published in small press poetry books. In the early 1980's I edited and published Freedom's Child, a poetry journal dealing with liberty and individualism. It was a very creative time, and I met many talented poets in this manner. Freedom's Child last publication was December,1982, and it left a ... more »

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Family Reunion

Two men dressed in gray
asked us to leave the grieving room.
The son is here, they said.
Reluctantly I left my sister’s resting place
and, in single file, we slowly stepped
while voicing our consternation.

He stood so still at the bottom
of the ramp, all appendages clamped
against a flight for freedom,
although he would never choose
to flee from this dark sight:
his dear mother passed into night.

Like the funeral march to come
we lumbered passed the orange form,
each attempting not to stare, but none
succeeding in averting angry...

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