Three Poems by Melissa Bentley


As I walk lost and lonely
          I find you, keep you, Never mind you.
If I saunter proud and sprightly,
          Kiss me never, Never lightly.
When I droop dark and dully,
         Love me, love me, Never stop.


I have a cat, a cat my own,
     No one to make her stop. To live ? to die? what good is that?
My cat's come home again.
I let her in the door so bright,
     So gay, so lost, so tempting. What's the use to live or die?
My cat's come home again.

Secret Despair

     In those days, I thought that I should never master the magic art of reading, for even the alphabet looked like a company of imps all making faces at one bewildered little girl. Many tears splattered my face before that hidden wisdom suddenly became my own, but as soon as I could read at all, I could read everything.
     The majestic language of the Bible in the King James Version, made when English speech was at its richest and most poetic, held me even when it did not tell a story. In childhood, I heard the whole Bible read aloud again and again, and I never tired of it. The elder children had their own book, too, lines left out, but this they would read to themselves downstairs, by the center table lamp, while I watched them with admiration and secret despair.
Melissa Bentley

Melissa Bentley was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1946. She moved to Lake County in 1997, where she worked as a social worker until 2011. She has self-published Euphoria – and other things, a short fantasy novel. She retired in 2011, and now lives on Cobb Mountain. She enjoys watching and feeding many varieties of birds, squirrels, and deer. She even feeds the raccoons who climb in the window of her “cat room” where her semi-feral cat stays. Her time nowadays is spent enjoying the wildlife, her three dogs, reading on her deck in the sunshine, watching movies, and fooling with her computer.

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