Sara’s Prayer*

Take me beyond all thought and word,
where only beauty can be heard.
Then silently, before Your throne,
I’ll dance, Dear Lord, for You alone.



She dances like a flowing vine
that has the most exquisite line
drawn by the hand of the Divine
on this most grateful heart of mine.

*Sara & Claire are professional ballerinas and our adopted fairy granddaughters.



A Haiku

Reality seems
to dance with the aurora
on the edge of dreams.


Laundry Day—2019

for Jared Pearman & Bruce Dale Wise

I sit and wait here in the sun
as brains are hanging on the line.
A few more minutes, they’ll be done.
The frayed one on the left is mine.

It’s still a little dingy-grey,
but nothing like it used to be.
And once it’s dry, I’m on my way—
no need to press, it’s wrinkle-free.



Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet.

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12 Responses

  1. Leo Zoutewelle

    Joe, the immediate perfection of your thought in these poems is exhilarating!

  2. T.M.


    This is poetry at its best – reaching to the heart, giving pleasure, stimulating thought, causing us to wonder at the power of a few well-chosen words and well-crafted phrases, and making us wish we’d written that. Thanks so much.

    T. M.

  3. James A. Tweedie

    Joe, you have shown yourself to be a mighty minimalist. Lovely and well done.

    • Peter Hartley

      Joe – I must wholly endorse what everybody else has said about these little verses.For their size they pack a punch and move me to profound cogitation. And that doesn’t happen very often. One slight criticism… Nope, I don’t think I have one.

  4. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    You have an admirable way with words that shines in every poem in this collection. The haiku particularly beautiful.


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