Evelyn J. Wagoner Debuts

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Breaking Free
She saved them all in pickle jars
on a shelf in the back room—
wasted sacrifices, futile loves,
and grudges still to nurse.

Sometimes she would stand
at her window and,
remembering the sun on her face,
the scent of the ocean in her hair,
consider throwing wide the shutters.
Yet she never strayed
far but stayed
close to home
safeguarding, hoarding,
nurturing her treasures.

She would scurry to retrieve them
when the doorbell rang, and
hugging the jars to her heart,
eagerly greet her guests.
Spilling out her trophies
she again and again recounted their births
and glory days.

But after a time, no one came to call
and the jars became her only

Caring for them daily,
she wet them with her spit,
and polished them with her disappointment,
refreshing the brine,
adding dashes of hawkweed and dill.

On the day the shelf broke,
and the weighty jars with their miseries
shattered at her feet,
she knelt amidst the scattered shards
of glass and regret,

Then, sweeping the ruins into the ashbin,
she rose resolutely to her feet,
and set out for the seashore.

–Evelyn J. Wagoner

On This December Day

I’d love to talk to you today,
On the back porch, our sweaters on,
And feed on toast and orange juice
And the day’s first smiles,
Our breath puffing clouds
Into the morning air.

I’d love to talk to you today,
Sunglasses perched on our noses,
And munch on grilled cheese sandwiches
And stories from yesterday,
Our laughter startling the sparrows
Into the bright noon sun.

I’d love to talk to you today,
Comparing socks and favorite robes,
And feast on wine and good bread
And plans for tomorrow,
Our whispers drifting low and sweet
Into the starry night.

I’d love to talk to you today,
To slip into your silken gaze,
And sample the salt of skin and tears
And dreams too soon abandoned,
Longing with each word left unspoken
For just one more day.

–Evelyn J. Wagoner

Evelyn J Wagoner–As a freelance writer, Evelyn has authored several inspirational romance novels, for which she’s seeking publication. She also writes “Love Stories” for entertainers to present at wedding receptions, edits manuscripts, mentors fellow writers, and leads a local writers group. Having won several awards for her poetry, she was thrilled to find her chapbook, The Kulwicki Chronicles, a tribute to Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki, on display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
Evelyn married her best friend Rod in 2008. They live happily in Suffolk, Virginia, across the street (literally) from the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on 12 acres of woods and meadows with their toast-loving horse, Kizzy, their cat, Louie L’Amour, and the ever-present threat of wisteria overtaking their back porch.


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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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3 Responses to Evelyn J. Wagoner Debuts

  1. Evelyn, your talent shines so incredibly bright in these poems. “On this December Day”, my favorite for which each word resonated in my heart.

  2. Merle M. Mills says:

    I love when the glass broke, she didn’t look behind but moved resolutely toward the seashore.

  3. bobbietroy says:

    I love both of these poems, Evelyn, but I especially like the imagery in Breaking Free.

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