sun coaxes freckles

waves tango onto shy shore

ocean days with you.

idyllic haiku

never mind my traitor knee

never mind the virus.

never mind our masks

never mind the hanging sword –

walking is presence.

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Valerie Schultz

I am a freelance writer and write regularly for The Bakersfield Californian, Give Us This Day, and America Magazine. I have recently retired from a position in a state prison library, which inspired my book "Overdue: A Dewey Decimal System of Grace", which was released by Give Us This Day on August 15, 2019.

2 thoughts on “5.17.2020”

  1. Hello from Palo Alto,
    I read your monograph in the NCR Online about your distress with the University of Dallas. So I looked up a mailing address in Tehachapi, which led me to another in Oregon, but the letter bounced.
    I’m an old man now at 90, I’ve been a strident critic of the hierarchy for decades because of their hurtful disdain for the homosexual and trans community..
    Since my wife of 60 years died in 2016, I have been awarding my “Noble Prizes” which are Ten AttaLadys to people whose lives charm me. You qualified for one, and if you answer with your email, I’ll send it.
    You can google my name to be sure I’m not a kook.


  2. Just gone onto your website after reading your piece in the Jesuit American Magazine. That is a remarkable, heartbreaking and uplifting example of journalism.
    I live in Scotland but can see so many parallels of your experiences with ours over here. Please don’t give up on your work; you are not on the outside but very much with us all in the heart of Christ.
    Love your haiku by the way!

    Every best wish


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