ISSN 1556-4975

OffCourse Literary Journal

 Published by Ricardo and Isabel Nirenberg since 1998


Poems by Lois Greene Stone

Soft Words at a Wall

Whisper. Sitting on a curved
bench in Philadelphia, my
daughter motioned from
the other end. Giddy from
earning her first undergrad
degree, this place was, she
said, a "don't miss".
Gallery waves, shape,
she educated me about
Stone felt hard and I
decided I'd whisper for
a cushion



Grey granite displayed
words etched
in upper-case letters.
Cold reminder of
my dad's name.
His presence is
still evoked from
a bar of lavender-
scented soap
which was the
fragrance of his
after-shave lotion.



Was the metronome annoying as it
made sounds like a clock? It was
1921 and you were thirteen years
old preparing to slip onto a bench
in Carnegie Hall and perform a
piano piece. You told me of
horse-drawn carriages, and
gaslights, and widows making
powder puffs to earn a living.
Why didn't you share your
feelings about a solo concert?

 Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies.  Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian.  The Smithsonian selected her photo to represent all teens from the 1940's-50's.

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