Wendy J. Dunn – Morning walk

Dunn LE P&W 2 Nov-Dec 2023

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14th Anniversary Edition, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Two Nov-Dec 2023.

Morning Walk, poems by Wendy J. Dunn.

Morning walk

I’m so tired
I give myself an hour
for the eleven-minute walk
to my doctor.

In the past
I’ve timed it.

I meet and greet
My daughter at our local
‘meet and greet’ coffee shop
(not too long ago a milk-bar)
and buy a large coffee
to sustain me
on my journey.

I stop
only three minutes
into my walk
spilling coffee
down my front
as I try to control
my swinging laptop

That’s when I see a card
lying on the pavement
it says

Fortune’s kind
the card is not one
thrown away
by a hoped for lover
but an advertisement
from a local business.

My spirits lift
and I smile
and smile again
thinking little things
bring me joy.

© Wendy J. Dunn

Wendy J. Dunn is an award-winning Australian writer fascinated by Tudor history – so much so she was not surprised to discover a family connection to the Tudors, not long after the publication of her first Anne Boleyn novel, which narrated the Anne Boleyn story through the eyes of Sir Thomas Wyatt, the elder. Her family tree reveals the intriguing fact that one of her ancestral families – possibly over three generations – had purchased land from both the Boleyn and Wyatt families to build up their own holdings. It seems very likely Wendy’s ancestors knew the Wyatts and Boleyns personally. Wendy is married, the mother of four adult children and the grandmother of two amazing small boys. She gained her PhD in 2014 and loves walking in the footsteps of the historical people she gives voice to in her novels. Wendy also tutors at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and is the proud Managing Editor of Other Terrain.

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