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National Poetry Month has passed, but poetry lives on. Today, I’m offering a five-for-one special: one longer poem and four haiku about Wyoming’s erratic spring weather. You can click on the titles to hear me read them. Enjoy!




You once belonged to him.
Feeling his presence,
I sink into your depths,
lower my head, raise my feet,
listen to books, podcasts,
radio programs, sometimes doze.
Your embrace gives me peace.


The above poem, which appears in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, was recently published in Your Daily Poem’s last-day addendum on April 30th to end their month-long National Poetry Month celebration. You can read this here. You can learn more about Your Daily Poem and subscribe to receive a poem in your inbox daily by clicking here.


Four Spring Haiku


snowstorm predicted
rain falls followed by strong wind
but no snow appears
warm temperatures grace our land
all nature’s confused

spring storm approaches
one lone bird sings cheerful tune
unaware of fate

spring storm in May
snowflakes flutter in circles
wind blows cold and dry


The above haiku were published in the May 1st issue of The Weekly Avocet, which can be read here.


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?