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Violet Nesdoly

About this Christian Poet:
Violet Nesdoly lives in Surrey, B.C. with her husband and is the mother of two young-adult children. Freelance writing fills her work days. Other poems by her have been accepted and/or published at Utmost Christian Writers, Poets Online (Archive), M. B. Herald, Capper's Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Prairie Messenger, Glad Tidings (Presbyterian) and Time of Singing.

Among her many other achievements, Violet Nesdoly is Utmost's International Christian Poet Laureate for 2006.

The Day Daddy Died

The day Daddy died
I found myself alone in the farmhouse
and I was like Samson when he awoke
to Delilah's "The Philistines are on you!"
Then the ropes of new habits—
the weighing of 3 oz. of tuna, 2 oz. of cheese
apportioning rice or potatoes or pasta
in meager 1/2-cup servings, eating my 1 oz. slice of toast
with a precise teaspoon of butter and honey
washed down with 1/2 cup of blue milk—snapped

and I clawed through cupboards
for prunes and baking chocolate and raisins and nuts
dug in the freezer for old cake and ice-cream
and blueberries, hard as marbles
checked every opened box and package
ravaged every tin
until the waist-band of my new
size 12s cut into my skin
and there was room for no more
but still I was hollow inside.

                   Copyright©2003 by Violet Nesdoly