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Jeanie Greensfelder (San Luis Obispo, CA) has been published on Writers’ Almanac and American Life in Poetry and in journals and anthologies. She served as San Luis Obispo County’s Poet Laureate 2017,18. A psychologist, she seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey, as Joseph Campbell wrote, filled with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows. Her books at Amazon are Biting the Apple, Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith, and I Got What I Came For. Read more poems at jeaniegreensfelder.com
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Jeanie Greensfelder and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Boarding House
My brain is a boarding house—Christian Scientist,
At Sunday school, the Christian Scientist said
In high school, I met the existentialist. Wanting
The atheist demanded space, moved in,
When I went for therapy, the Freudian settled
I invited the Jew to take a room. We listened to
The New Ager knocked. I turned her away
The Buddhist startled me with the reality
At a boarding house dinner, the atheist argues
the Buddhist calls for silence, the existentialist laughs,
Jonathan Hayes lives by the river in Santa Cruz, California.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Jonathan Hayes and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The white cat sits by the shortest tree closest to the earth.
Birds know this, but sometimes they forget.