Author Archives: Sheila Nevins

Let’s Hear It for Mutts

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By Foxy and Cornwallis Translated from Arf by Sheila Nevins I am writing this on behalf of my two mutt dogs, Cornwallis (Humane Society) and Foxy (ASPCA). They have been quite agitated since the new Inauguration, and although both vocal howlers and Obama supporters, they are troubled about the kinds of dogs that will enter […]

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+1.75: An In-sight

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Where are my reading glasses? How many pairs do you need not to always be searching for them? One day, some 20 years ago, I suddenly could not see a telephone number in a Manhattan phone book. From that day forth, I was not ready for my close-up. No matter how many dime-store pairs of […]

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Mammogram Hellhole

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Do you dread your annual mammogram? Read an experience below by Sheila Nevins. We sit in pink robes with smiley faces on them. My robe has no ties. I say to a lady more elderly than I … “My robe has no ties.” “You have it on inside out,” she says. We giggle quickly … […]

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Give Obama a Break

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Give Obama a Break Poor Obama Canonized St. Barack Icon before the Revelation Revolution. An oratorio played on A piano without Keys. Beethoven before Eroica. Catapulted to Legacy without Law Now Look — Moe lost his job After 30 years at GM. Unemployment line around The block in Omaha With heavy unusual rain Pellets. The […]

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Voodoo Redux

Did you ever want a voodoo doll to stick pins in for revenge on an enemy? This subject did. Voodoo Redux An essay in verse She was easily hurt And wounded But a novelty item Her voodoo doll (with pins) kept her phony sweet demeanor Intact in daylight. At night with no one near She […]

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Lincoln Reacts to an Obama Button

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Abraham Lincoln Winked at Me I saw Abraham Lincoln wink at me. The statue that is. Nighttime in D.C. The darkness. The light. He is breathtaking. There on business I have the taxi stop; I always visit in the dark. This complex president: He thrills me. The quiet. The reverberating stillness of stone. Never tiring. […]

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My iPhone Made Me Cry

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Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell. My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always […]

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The Elephant in the Room

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Is there ever something you know that you can’t say out loud that ruins an evening or inhibits a friendship? Confess. Tell us about the elephant in the room. The Elephant in the Room She hated celebratory parties, social events, and dinner with friends As she always wanted to say Something unspeakable out loud. Some […]

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The Tale of Hatie Agora Hypochondriasis-Berger

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Do you feel each illness is serious? Are you fearful of a dire diagnosis? Do you feel you are the subject of ill-fated destiny? Are you a hypochondriac? The Tale of Hatie Agora Hypochondriasis-Berger An Interactive Poem For Hatie every pimple was Rancid boil-ing Every cough was serious Incurable pneumonia Every doctor’s visit was a […]

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Picture Perfect (Almost)

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Do you take a good picture? Is your photograph a true likeness? Does anyone really know what he/she looks like? Are pictures today too touched-up? Picture Perfect (Almost) It was a beautiful picture. She looked stunning. The increasing puffiness under her left eye Gone. The furrowed brow smoothed over And the fuzzy bangs Now silky. […]

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