Sharing Stories

Julia LeMay


I placed violets on her grave.

The tears fell.

Memories crowded in, melded, became vivid:

Saturdays at the five and dime…

a small toy,

bringing so much joy.

Easter breakfast buns…

cinnamon swirled and sugar glazed,

the aroma of grandmotherly warmth.

Cream-filled chocolate eggs hidden among

her treasured Mario Lanza records.

Marshmallow chicks placed with care

behind well-tended violets on the windowsill.

A Belgian accent lent comic distortion

to the western hero “Hoop-A-Long Cassini”

or her declared dislike of “strawberry james.”

So humble, so patient with life’s bitter taste.

I placed violets on her grave.

The tears fell.

Julia LeMay is a retired executive assistant, native Californian now living in Washington where she loves to write poetry and stories for children.

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