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Mesquite Bend: Apothecary


30 days poetry

Love at the Drug Store

They have compounded drugs here,
topped off freshly-made sodas
with bright cherries, and held
the town’s many secrets

for almost as many years
as Mesquite Bend has had
its rusty population sign.

The third owner’s wife brought in
dishes and doilies, a registry
for young brides and perfumes
from the other side of the globe.
She wore red lipstick and swirly dresses

that swayed with her curvy hips.
These days, the soda fountain long gone,
the drug store’s wares are strictly
medicinal, the band-aids lined
with bunion cushions by pimple-faced
stockers who are guided by the stiff
Mrs. Lynn, General Manager and widow
to a war hero long forgotten by all
except herself.

Some nights, well past the hour
when she locks up the store,
Mrs. Lynn returns to dispense
emergency medicines, any call
worthy of the bounty
of friendship in a town
where only this pharmacy holds
the health of them all
in its hands.

Ramona Levacy
April 14, 2015

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Author:

I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

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