Carl “Papa” Palmer: Poetry: April 2021


Southern Legitimacy Statement: Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as Papa to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!


I’m pregnant, almost two months
she whispers beaming joyfully,
tears streaming down her cheeks.

This hopeful dreaded moment
as those these past three years
each loss worse than the last.

Hugging her sobbing, laughing body
I want to say something. I love you.
She waits for me to say more.

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
~ Martin Tupper (Proverbial Philosophy, 1838)