Poet’s Corner: Just in Case, disconcerting, Shape

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group

Just in Case

In case I die tomorrow,
suddenly, like the cousin
who died yesterday,
here is what you need to know:

I am exceedingly rich.
But don’t audit my
bank accounts (checking or savings).

Look at my contact list
for the scores of friends and family
with whom I’m entwined.
~Pure Gold

Look in my photos and behold
the glorious montage of faces
and places I have loved.
~Priceless Jewels

Look over my calendar to witness
an untidy collection of grace
and connection.
~Manifold Treasure

There. Now you have my lavish
wealth portfolio.

Denise Meade

~ ~ ~ ~


much of what surrounds me
seems smarter, faster
more complex than I

my cell phone for starters

my desktop and laptop
smart houses, smart cars
ai emerging from the
virtual mountaintop
volcanoing ceaseless information
void of heart and soul

even my sonic toothbrush keeps
better track of time and usage
than I do of my small messy life

to our own detriment
we could well forget
the moving chorus of birds
simple avian concerts
resounding presence
beyond the bounds
of incessant data

Denise Meade

~ ~ ~ ~


Life stretched out
my soul so much
that I nearly lost
the shape of myself.
My body, though, certainly
shrinks and wrinkles
with age.

But now I’m getting
some glimpses of
the shape that a soul,
intrinsically alive,
can take.

It’s the shape
of a vulnerable child.
One of “those who
humble themselves
like this little child
will be greatest
in the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 18:4)

Denise Meade

~ ~ ~ ~

Denise Meade is a 33-year Edmonds resident, where she and her husband have raised and launched four kids, and have loved investing in and being a part of this growing community. An on-again, off-again, very amateur poet since her early teens, she was happily surprised to be warmly welcomed in to the EPIC Poetry Group. She is also an amateur photographer and occasionally puts both creative outlets together, especially as inspired by nature.


  1. Wonderful words of poetry which I read several times. Denise, who I worked with a long time ago, is
    filled with extraordinary creativity. I knew she was a budding photographer but never knew about her
    writing. Life is filled with lovely surprises!

    1. Penny! Loved working with you and have often wondered how you are doing! Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

  2. Good work , Denise…….I love the way you use simple down-to-earth allegories to talk about aging. Your work is maturing and you are a valuable contributor to EPI C Poets! Thanks for sharing your work with us!

  3. What a creative and revealing heart and talent. So much more than words…revealing soul and spirit!!

  4. “to our own detriment /we could well forget/the moving chorus of birds/simple avian concerts/resounding presence/beyond the bounds/of incessant data” Here in spring, the turkey vultures now soar each afternoon above our home before roosting in a local tree for the night, the black-chinned hummingbirds flicker like lightning bugs around the feeders, and soon a Swainson hawk couple will take up residence nearby to fledge a new generation, sung to sleep by the lullaby of the great horned owls. Our spirits are always soar in spring, lifted by the birds that sing, and the birds that don’t. Thanks for your beautiful and moving sentiments.

  5. Wow. I loved all 3 of these poems Denise. I loved every single word of them. I don’t often read a poem 5 times in a couple of days but yours I did. Keep up with the writing I think all ages of people can relate to these poems. Thank you.

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