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Two Poems by Veronica Michalowski

abstract, from Pixabay

Water Lilies

They are dying

before me. Emerald

leaves turn ochre

and then bronze

mucking up

the once-crystal water.

No pink or white flowers

the last few weeks

no matter how much

sun they absorb.

Their long stems

strengthened by summer,

now bend to chilly

October nights.

Weakened leaves

slump to bedrock

decay around roots

create sludge, rot

on bottom as surface

ices thin layers in late


until spring when

Dormant no more

will be their mantra.

© Veronica Michalowski, September 28, 2021


After Autumn

Bare arms cover

watercolor sky,

grasp last taste

of warmth

before oncoming

snow. Sunset

secretes hope

after a hovering

moment of light.

(Previously published in her second book, One Family of Poetry: A Memoir.)

© Veronica Michalowski


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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