“Choice” by Julie A. Dickson

Hidden on kitchen table

behind a pillar of salt,

she, in buttoned up white

blouse with starched collar,

pepper remains aside,

spice too hot for tongues

lashed harshly by his words

bitten and chewed up

Given a choice between

the two, perhaps salt,

though I am compelled

to forego both, unseasoned.

Copyright © 2022 Julie A. Dickson

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Julie A. Dickson began writing poetry and stories as a young teen, being recognized in high school as a budding writer, winning contests for poetry and advertising jingles for many years. Dickson served on two poetry boards, coordinated 100 Thousand Poets for Change for 5 years, and is a Pushcart nominee who loves feral cats and advocates for captive elephants. Her poetry appears often in over 50 journals, including Ekphrastic Review, Blue Heron Review, Misfit and Open Door. Dickson holds a BPS in Behavioral Science and worked in both healthcare IT and among elderly with dementia.

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Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

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4 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. gabychops dice:

    Thank you, Julie, for your beautiful poem.
    I noticed that you like feral cats, in that case, you might be interested how I saved a feral cat from dying during the harsh winter.
    I have written about him in my blog under «The Cat That Won a Million»

    You can just put it in Google and it will be in front of you: naturetails.blog


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  2. jonicaggiano dice:

    Congratulations on the publication of your poem. I am curious if I am right. I see a woman who has been beat down, who has been taught harshly to obey etc., she wants the pepper but she is afraid to have either in the end. Sounds like a crisp, clean, proper woman told exactly what to do. I hope you will let me know if I am even close, great piece Julie. Thank you, Joni

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  3. This is a powerful poem. Well done.

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  4. Congratulations Julie on a wonderful poem.
    Love these lines:
    «though I am compelled

    to forego both, unseasoned.»

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