The Glass Table

I am like the long, low table sitting before me.

Created from a friend’s never-found-a-purpose glass

and my yard sale table frame without a top.

Reflecting every very little mark of a long, zig-zagging history.

Every touch,

every scratch.

Sometimes heavy with clutter.

Now and again, shiny and clear.

When at its best, a reflection of all surrounding beauty.

All people loved.

Fit to carry heavy loads atop strong legs

and a thick top.

Sturdy, but not unbreakable.

Begrimed and imperfect.

Ever transparent.

Sharp at the corners, but well-padded.

Gathering about the few and the many.

Offering a place to rest weary feet.

To eat.

Where cats and dogs lying right beneath, see all.

And can be seen

below the reflection of the sun’s light

and the home’s inner glow.

Made one from two separate goals.

By giving.

By chance.

Unconnected lives, finally connecting.

Creating the perfect fit of form and function.

With daily smudges expected.

Author: Anne Celano Frohna

I have been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil in hand and would not feel complete without it. And I actually made a meager living at it (and as an editor) for 25 years. I worked for newspapers and magazines, in graphic arts and advertising, and wrote several local history books. But I have also taught English in Japan, been a Nanny in Italy, worked in and for museums, and was an Airbnb Superhost for four years. After moving to Arizona with my family in 2010, I completed a series of different writing projects, including two books of creative non-fiction: Just West of the Midwest: a comedy (Based on journals I kept during my two years as an English teacher in rural Japan.) Within Close Range: short stories of an American Childhood (Short stories and poems about growing up as the middle of five children in suburban Chicago.) I've also written children's stories and continue to write short fiction, but have recently found my voice in poetry. And when I'm not moved to write, or research a large piece of fiction I'm formulating, I focus much of my energies on running my Etsy shop, ChannelingNonna (channelingnonnavintage.com), where I sell vintage clothing, folk art, books, and a trove of other items I have found and continue to bring home from thrift stores, barn sales, yard sales, estate sales, etc., whereever I roam. This blog, however, is where my greatest passion comes alive. Thus, this blog, where I post my creative non-fiction, short stories, a couple of illustrated children's stories and a comedy I wrote about two years I spent teaching English in rural Japan (NOT a story for a child.). I am also a mother of two wonderful girls, Eva (23) and Sophia (21) and wife to one wonderful husband, Kurt.

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