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Wishful

August 1, 2012

by Linda Umans

I want my comfort in an orange night
where the heat stays later than you might expect.

I don’t want to dream of coastal living
with a man who would have gotten me drowned.

I want to live in the art world where medicine’s an art.
I want to ride the centrifuge and know the whirling cells.

I am perennial and stand with irises
border of iridescence   reliable as squash.

I would choose biennial as beets as winter wheat
for the appeal of slow   for the drama of the bloom.

I want to be your life preserver but not your life.
I don’t want to leave but love you anyway.


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Linda Umans enjoyed a long teaching career in the NYC public schools. She is a native of Manhattan where she lives, studies, and writes. Recent publications include poems in qarrtsiluni, YB, Terrain.org, The Broome Street Review, The Ghazal Page, Status Hat, Switched-on Gutenberg and a piece in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

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  1. terry fernando newton
    August 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    wow this poem really touch my writing spirit made me want to get a pen and write she has a gift that can touch any age group…poet terry fernando newton

  2. October 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Terrific poem!

  3. Barbara LaMorticella
    February 11, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Oh I love this.

  4. Barbara LaMorticella
    February 11, 2013 at 3:36 am

    P.S. And the reading & voice very good!

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