The Survivor

for Lannette


The reflecting pool stands still

Against the backdrop of empty chairs.

The Gates of Time measure off the minute

When everything changed. Golden

Cranes soar above the museum floor,

Elder brethren to the one above her bed.


“But she’s not a survivor; she wasn’t in the building.”


In her ears, the blast still rings

Plate glass shards impale like arrows,

Smoke still swirls

Whenever people disbelieve.

Every doubt another piece of rubble




But like the grand American Elm,

She stands tall, a survivor.


Image ©2004, Poem ©2010 by Stace Johnson

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Ten Things You’ve Probably Done That I Haven’t

I read on Andrew Nicolle’s blog about ten things that he had done that his readers hadn’t. Initially, I was tempted to copy him, in a sort of uninspired chain-blog way. But then, I thought about how I want to make most of these entries relate to creativity somehow, so I decided to flip it around.

Here’s my list of Ten Things You’ve Probably Done That I Haven’t.

1. Watched an episode of The X-Files, Survivor, or American Idol. (There are several years in my life in which I have spent less than 1% of my waking time watching TV. I’m pretty proud of that.)

2. Saw the ocean before the age of 35.

3. Watched Gone With the Wind.

4. Had some kind of surgery (yes, wisdom teeth and tonsils count!)

5. Had sex before the age of 22. (I’m not saying that waiting is a bad thing, it’s just a bit unusual to wait that long.)

6. Attended a high school football game.

7. Owned fewer than four handheld computers.

8. Met more than one of your grandparents.

9. Read The Da Vinci Code. (It’s on my list.)

10. Resisted the urge to car dance at red lights while people are staring at you.

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