Poem by Veronica Michalowski


Winter comes


some years

burdens October


already laden

by dry leaves

with weight of wet


some bend

more break

Flowers lift

autumn colors

to the sun

only to feel

cold flakes

in their petals

Heroic leaves

and stems slump


give in

Then she wilts

minute by lengthy minute

rosebud in the snow

until ice wind

carries her away

© Veronica Michalowski, April 3, 2019, about her sister, Paula

(b. July 25, 1946 , d. October 10, 1991)

​ A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Veronica Michalowski received

her B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts, Design and Photography. Her career focused in the fields

of ideation, branding, marketing, having created for such firms as Microsoft, Epson, Canon USA, Neutrogena, Crayola, Calaway Golf, Geoffrey Beane, Sunkist, and Mattel,

as well as many California wineries. She received both national and international recognition and many awards, including two CLIO Awards. She has taught fine arts at California State University, Fullerton, as well as Riverside City College, Mount San Antonio College, and Laguna College of Art and Design. She continues to design and paint, travel, read everything, and write often.


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