Entries by Liz Steinglass

How to Be a Wall

  How to Be a Wall Stand tall. Stand still. Keep people out. Keep people in. Let the ivy grab hold. Watch the birds soar over. Sear in the sun. Peel. Chip. Give the ants an Everest. Watch the shadows switch sides. Stand tall. Stand still. Crack. Crumble. Don’t last forever. Make someone ask do […]

Billy Collins: The Lanyard

    The Lanyard by Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the […]

Empathy: My One Little Word

  Ouch   My friend fell at recess and scraped up his knee. I heard some kids laugh— What a clown! Did you see? Though the sky was bright blue, in my heart it felt gray, so I sat with my friend till the pain went away.   I’ve realized in recent years that I […]

Happy Halloween!

                                                          Halloween Tree Hear that ghostly, woeful wail? I think that tree is howling. Oaks don’t usually make a face, but that bark is clearly scowling. See […]

Gone Visiting

                                                              My daughter Naomi and I are visiting Penny Klostermann’s series A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. I hope you’ll find us there. For […]