Featured Original Poetry



When I am 12

at Camp 4 Winds

Westward Ho

we trek into the hills

on an overnight,

arrange our sleeping bags

around the fire

where my bed

ends up next to yours—

canoe instructor,


After everyone

is asleep we murmur,

accompanied by

pops and sparks

as an ocean

blushes stars

above our heads and

nothing holds

me down, tells me

I can’t fall

headfirst into that


(Selected Poem, Ars Poetica 2017)

Meeting Annie Leibovitz

At Elliott Bay Bookstore

I stand in line for an hour,

wind through a forest

of pregnant bookcases.

When I finally summit

the iron-railed staircase

and approach the oak table

on the second floor balcony,

I hope to catch a glimpse

of the top of her head

as she signs her new book

of photographs, called Pilgrimage.

When it’s my turn,

she looks up—

hazel eyes behind

amber frames.

She smiles and says,

“Purple headband.”

I open my mouth slightly.

She points at my head

and smiles again—

“I like your headband.”

(Published Ars Poetica 2016)

The lesbians’ table 

at Baldwin Coop

makes room for you

even though

you are a man.

What’s he doing here?”

I frown as I whisper,

that first week of

my senior year at Oberlin.

Oh, that’s Gabriel. 

His Mom’s a lesbian.”


Doe-eyed Italian,

arms folded in that

dark-blue cable knit

your Mom made,

within 2 weeks

I stop my protest.

By the end of the semester

we greet one another

with Irish accents

and the French words

for cardinal, cool and tuxedo.

That winter break

we walk after dinner

to the North fields

through new fallen snow.

The air is an an ache

in my lungs.

Your hands in your

Levi’s pockets, thumbs out.

I hand you a mix tape—


Joan Armitrading

that new song by Bonnie Raitt,

I just can’t make you love me.

Housesitting For The Widow

His ashes smell like

charcoal dust in

her living room

where I watch Titanic

on a September

afternoon, curtains


Clocks tick

in the background

of every scene.

I watch prostrate

on pastel blue carpet,

palms cradling head,

2 yards from that

cedar box.

When my wilderness

guide ex-boyfriend arrives,

pulls his green Subaru

up to manicured

parking strip, he kisses

me in that dim parlor.

I protest.  “Stop it,

I want to watch

this part!”

(All Images and Poems Copyright Lucy P. Dickinson 2019.  All applicable rights reserved.)