Not just lines

on maps, nor rules

in a book. Feelings trapped,

anger like plate glass

in front of me. Work too hard

for my body, wages too small

to feed our children. Loneliness

wrapped like a blanket

as I sit in the dark.




Connie Walle, seventy-five year resident of Tacoma, Washington, is President and Founder of Puget Sound Poetry Connection where she hosts the “Distinguished Writer Series” now in its 25th year. Connie founded Our Own Words, a teen writing contest now in its 19th year. Her awards include: 1998 Margaret K. Williams Award in support of the arts; Washington Poets Association Faith Beamer Cooks Award. She is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and currently retired. A few of her publications include Floating Bridge Press, Raven Chronicle, Tahoma’s Shadow, Cradle Song and Future Cycle Press.