sabotage by Nancy Elliott

sabotageby Nancy Elliot [author’s site] they said they caredand you believed it was trueevery single time.how could trust come backagain and againafter each undermined effort,each bewildered loss,each stolen idea,each proud moment mocked,each tear-stained reflection in the mirror,each echo of smug laughter?you break the trail with hope,lugging your ever-rekindled faith,always finding it leadsto the same abandoned…

voice of a bird by Nancy Elliott

voice of a birdby Nancy Elliott[author’s site] Almost lost in the clutter of memory,just for a moment it surfaces:the hollow trill of the bird.Name and plumage unknown,only the sound is familiar, this call that persists throughall the miles and years between us. It sings yet, clear,as if it is right therejust beyond my visionburied in…