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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Helen Ohlson

My Sister-in law’s Cat by Helen Ohlson

My Sister-in law’s Cat
by Helen Ohlson

I’m sleeping with my
sister-in-law’s cat
on the side of a mountain
deep in Georgia
while I wait for God
to make up his mind

Caught up in the still fog
hanging from bare branches
God’s thoughts stir only briefly
when deer creep through on wet leaves
Rain pings on the shingles above me
a hundred fingers nervously tapping

as He ponders her fate,
the woman who once filled this cabin
with porcelain rabbits and her
iron will power
now too weak
to call out His name


In 2006, Helen Ohlson was chosen to attend a writers’ retreat with Delaware Poet Laureate, Fleda Brown. In 2008, Helen won the Second Place Poetry Award from the Delaware Press Association. She has published poetry in literary journals such as Prints and The Broadkill Review, and the print magazine Living Well. She is frequently requested to read her poetry at local venues and a founder of the Delaware Literary Connection, a service organization for writers.

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Violin Girl by Helen Ohlson

Violin Girl
by Helen Ohlson

You once said I was
a fine violin
who just
needed the right man
to play me
Wouldn’t you be surprised to learn
I’m an orchestra
playing all by myself

In 2006, Helen Ohlson was chosen to attend a writers’ retreat with Delaware Poet Laureate, Fleda Brown. In 2008, Helen won the Second Place Poetry Award from the Delaware Press Association. She has published poetry in literary journals such as Prints and The Broadkill Review, and the print magazine Living Well. She is frequently requested to read her poetry at local venues and a founder of the Delaware Literary Connection, a service organization for writers.

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