Inspiration comes in fits and spurts, laced with time, warmed with the heart. Each of my offerings began with a whisper, a pause to see, hear, and reflect.


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Geological Time Travel

Geological Time Travel

I float in all time zones
Layers of being
Geological lines
In glacial rocks
Fossils of what was
Shortened by fault lines
The present includes depths
Diving down to the bottom
Letting go of air 
Rising to the top
I swim
In parallel times

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Stepping into another’s lifestyle
Is like trying on a bathing suit
Worn at the seams
Stretched out faded
Best to go naked
And find your own

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Life Savers

Life Savers

A relationship flounders
Like a drowning person
Who fights the saver
Pushing them down
To save oneself
A lifeline comes from behind
A preserver 
Of breath
To survive 
One needs to give distance 
Become the sounder
Who rises above

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This year
The open-faced
Vanilla flowers
Peer up at me
From my office window
Full of hope
The best of blooms
I say goodbye
Happy for their blossoms

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Big Eyes

Big Eyes

I noticed
Within seconds
The glassy-eyed stare
Of a child
Gone cold
Emotional temperature
Seeped through
Made my heart leap
Embodied minor 
Oh, those eyes 
Melt my innards
Speak unsaid words
A child with 
No real malady
Just Being

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Flower Bee

Flower Bee

Amongst the glamour
Of movie stars
All clammer 
For attention
Unseen are the worker bees
Who tend the queen
Flowers flash their color
A showy display
For future days
The universe thrives
As do their hives.

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About Abbe

Abbe Rolnick grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Her first major cultural jolt occurred at age 15 when her family moved to Miami Beach, Florida. To find perspective, she climbed the only non-palm tree at her condo complex and wrote what she observed. History came alive with her exposure to Cuban culture. After attending Boston University, she lived in Puerto Rico, where she owned a bookstore. Once Stateside, she capitalized on the knowledge she gained as an independent bookstore owner and worked for one of the finest bookstores, Village Books, in Bellingham, Washington. Once a CEO of a manufacturing firm and owner of a healthy foods café, she is now retired and spends her time writing.


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