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Month 4:4 (Perigee Moon)

O Perigee Moon, be not merely beautiful tonight.
Be cold: an ice dome to cool down Fukushima.
Be harsh: a searchlight to find the missing grandfathers.
Be empty: a broad urn to carry innumerable cremains.

by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE: A Perigee Moon appears tonight. Most probably, countless Japanese haiku have been inspired by the beauty of the full moon when largest, when closest to Earth. My metaphor above is not a haiku, but it does pay tribute to the tragedy in Japan. Tonight’s moonshine will be one kind of radiation above a very different kind of radiation.


Month 4:2

“Green Anaconda”

Too late for her: Silences as antidotes, arriving only after
every Word she knew had proved itself an Anaconda
preying upon & crushing Elephants lost in thought.
Her Language a heinous evasion, an odious bond.

by Therese L. Broderick

Month 4:1

My daughter heads out alone to the pond
to photograph tree limbs, their scepters of ice
bestowed by a storm as regal and beautiful,
as evil to the eye, as The Snow Queen.

by Therese L. Broderick

Month 3:27

The day when a foot of snow melts to two inches,
I tear open a package of  breakfast bacon to feast
my eyes on its sidewalks of raw meat, on how
its banks of fat — easy one, easy two — sizzle away.


by Therese L. Broderick

Month 3:26

Answer: A Quest in Metaphor.

Question: What is Watson?


by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE: “Watson” is the artificial intelligence computer which won on the Jeopardy! television game show  in February 2011.

Month 3:25

Today’s delegation of blackbirds
assembles in our backyard trees,
their filibusters sounding to me
like “dot GOV, dot GOV, dot GOV.”


by Therese L. Broderick

Month 3:23


Lab by lab, hearts torn

from ribs and shorn

of surface cells turn gel

pale, bare flan in the hands

of Science. White organs

like beached sea creatures,

small hunted whales, Cordelias.


by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE: This piece was inspired by a NOVA television show about growing body organs.

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