Poems by Judy DeCroce


I have shaved all my words down to truth,

a wide circle in early light.

Guilt comes away easily,

leaving a smooth silence.

This time of day sifts.

Cool or dark…

I feel the movement,

a laugh.

a rise


With persistence,

I dip in and begin this poem.




See me?

I turn, watching the place where you were.

I, the old one, the other end of the day turned.


There may be nothing or perhaps it is an elusive sum

that together we were…a bell without echo.


There is a sound in your dream,

though my footsteps are quiet.


Life in dreams is hard to hold.

Will you report me missing?

And,…to whom?



The Tarnished After

The proverb:

   the reverse side also has a reverse side.

   And both have a middle.


It is always the day before

splitting “was and after,”

the last day of peace;

that childhood belief in safety.


It’s hard to remember yesterday,

stepping over the middle.


That image blurs to nothing,

until later someone says,



And, with all your strength you try,

try to catch the real before, only to find

the tarnished after.




for what morning brings,

I am grateful.


through minutes of harmony…

as rare beads slide


this patch carved out of a day.

rich, slow, in words or silence


waves of peace adjusting my focus



Judy DeCroce portrait small size
Picture by Antoni Ooto

Judy DeCroce, a former teacher, is a poet and flash fiction writer.
She has been published in Pilcrow & Dagger, Amethyst Review, The Sunlight Press, Cherry House Press- Dreamscape:An Anthology, and many others.

She is a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre. Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband writer/artist Antoni Ooto



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