Will Spring Come to Wyoming? #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

Welcome to National Poetry Month. From now until the end of April, I’ll be posting as much poetry and related material as possible to commemorate this auspicious month. I hope you enjoy it.

The following poem was published in the April 3rd issue of The Weekly Avocet. It talks about how April can fool us into thinking winter hasn’t left us yet. But I’m pleased to report that except for some high wind last Saturday night, our weather for the past few days has been relatively mild. Anyway, you can click on my poem’s title to hear me read it.

 

Will Spring Come to Wyoming?

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

 

April brings snow and cold.
Her entrance fools us
into thinking winter’s still here.
Despite inclement weather,
birds herald spring’s arrival,
bring hope of new beginnings.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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