This is my ten-form poetry submission to the first annual ATTYS competition.

All ten poems are related to the process of coming to terms with different life situations: a miscarriage, the death of a loved one in the Vietnam war; a political abduction; the ex-pat life; a battered wife; betrayal; Alzheimer's Disease; drought; isolation; a mother/daughter relationship.

Thank you for reading my submission.  I hope these poems "speak" to you!

I invite you to visit my poetry blog, The Wonderful Boat, at

Cover photo, "Transitions", by Catherine Chandler

Catherine Chandler
Victoria1Mason Victoria1Mason a year ago
I'm sorry every one I'm very immature but as soon as I heard " weeping breasts " I dropped to the ground laughing and I couldn't read any more
Crooked smiles, accompanied by the apparance of ordinary days is one of my specialities...this is gorgeous!
TerriOwens TerriOwens a year ago
I can feel the pain in every sentence. A brilliant read... Thank you!
sparky4 sparky4 2 years ago
I really enjoyed reading your poem. I'm taken there and the sense of loss is extremely effective.  The line 'I peel away the ceiling stars, unweave the year i'd entered on your christening dress' is fantastic
This made me feel warmth and sorrow all in the same breath. I'm unsure how you could so easily mix devastation with hope but you should really feel proud of this piece.
IamOne IamOne 2 years ago
This was heartbreaking and deeply moving. You truly captured the essence of loss. Beautifully written piece.