the bypass

The roses along the fence braid and buckle, and family gathers near

beneath the hum of back porch ceiling fans to make the sounds of story.

Vibrato, laughter, long pauses for the fountain waters to echo through.

There’s a surgery today – the patriarch’s heart reworked

and not one of us afraid, but rather we hold ourselves up against the light

like thin pearly vases, cracked, still filled,

fragile as morning,

as breath,

as rose.

About me


String Theory
June 05, 2014
Fan into Flame
August 28, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: The Brave Woman
February 01, 2013
The Saturdaily: Amber’s List
September 01, 2012
Share the Beauty
March 17, 2012
Dean Atkinson, ee cummings, and my eyes open
October 14, 2010
I heard you bought a crib
February 25, 2010
and a happy new year
December 29, 2009
home topography
November 20, 2009


Reply July 7, 2010

prays for you and yours , Amber

Kelly Langner Sauer
Reply July 7, 2010

a reason to be together. i pray things well for you all.

Michelle Sedas
Reply July 7, 2010

Girl, your words are amazing. Praying for a perfect outcome.

Jane Anne
Reply July 7, 2010

I just said a prayer and I will continue to pray.

Reply July 7, 2010


Reply July 7, 2010

Thin pearly vases.
It's such a gift to be a person who can see beauty in all circumstance. Praying for your rose petal family, may you continue in the light. You and your light, they illuminate my life! Thank you.

Reply July 7, 2010

Love & prayers to you & yours.

Reply July 7, 2010

Oh girl.
Visiting your blog is like holding myself to light.
So good and sweet to my soul.

Reply July 8, 2010

Prayers for all of you Amber. Such beautiful word pictures....

Reply July 8, 2010

We are praying!!

Elizabeth @claritychaos
Reply July 15, 2010

i love your poetry.

Reply February 7, 2016

That really caueprts the spirit of it. Thanks for posting.

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