I dream of flying.
Lifting off the edge of the bluff
and rising quickly
toward the fat, lazy clouds
hovering over the great, grey lake.
Circling the nearby harbor
where scattered sailboats bob,
I swoop and dive
like the swallows nearby,
but seek out more familiar forms
hidden back among the trees,
just far enough
from the crumbling bluff
to put Dad’s mind at ease.
To the glowing kitchen window
and the figure of Mom
in her pink, plaid apron.
in her blue and yellow kitchen.
I hover there,
in the cool lake air,
listening to the happy clinks and clanks
of pots and plates.
And try to imagine what’s cooking
by what’s wafting through the windows.
Until a strong breeze
lifts the aroma
back over the lake.
Past the sunken, old pier
where giant carp spawn
year after year.
Past the rocky harbor walls
standing hard against the waves.
Until the house
and the cottage
and the beach
and I begin to really soar
over endless stretches
of dark and deep.
Unhappy to find my bed
and solid ground
beneath me when I wake.
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, was an Airbnb Superhost for four years, as well as an Etsy shop owner where I sold vintage items I found over the years of thrift and yard sales.
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.
This blog, however, is where my greatest passion comes alive.
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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