Black and White of Ferns Background.I want a name like Ashbery
And translators’ skills in three languages;
French, Spanish, Polish.

Oh, on the way, throw in a little Japanese.

But since I don’t, I’m stuck ,
A job, means of support,
Let alone a livelihood.

Stop it, Woman,
Right now, backtrack
In your singular tongue.


“Live li hood ” grab hold,
Send you soaring
With the joy of sounds.

That’s where his life has led
And where yours must follow.

Know all sides of you
Then share the “kitchen words”,
Sweeping loses far away
For all who wish to listen. 

Charlene James-Duguid
Amissville, Virginia