Carol Baldwin

Before she was old, she took canoe trips in the rain

and buried her passions deep within nature poems.

Ten years before she was old, her husband died

and developers paid a mighty price for their dairy farm.

She knew she was getting old, when rest stops in Iowa

changed over to those crazy automated washrooms.

When she was old, God helped with little things (growing tomatoes in her garden)

but was missing on big ticket items (bringing her husband back).

She knew she had lived too long

when her grandson explained extinction to his stuffed polar bear.

Carol Baldwin is a long-time Minnesotan, currently living in St. Paul. She earned her bachelorís degree in English from Earlham College. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Hospital Drive Magazine, Evening Street Review, the Dos Passos Review and White Pelican Review.

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