Another Satisfied Reader of Suitcase Charlie

Author Sandra Kolankiewicz gasps at my novel Suitcase Charlie!

You can gasp along with her!  Suitcase Charlie is available at Amazon as a Kindle or a paperback.  A sample chapter is also available at Amazon.

Sandra’s latest book of poems is The Way You Will Go.  Also available at Amazon.

Here’s the title poem from that book:

The Way You Will Go


It will not begin with your heart

though your fingers may go numb.


One day you’ll know it’s time to trade

that philosophical surf board for benefits.


You’ll reluctantly roll your dreams

into your pocket, where you can keep


your hand on them all week long, especially

when you need courage.  Soon you’ll begin


to meet other persons like you, forever

exchanging their right with their left, wearily


shifting one foot to the other in the grocery

store, the dentist’s waiting room, getting their


tires changed, similar strangers whose insides,

or the insides of their loved ones, have acquired


some strange price tag attached to a history

of autoimmune dysfunction, apoplectic


collapsing, perhaps facial tics accompanied by

obsessive nail picking.  From now on, experience


is reduced to the actuarial projection

of the genetic proclivities of thin skin


and fragile bone, like a Curt Explanation

of the obvious outcome of a clogged artery,


a Frank Dismissal of the vagaries of night

sweats and coated tongues, a Direct


Warning about the consequences of

diabetes just in the moment before the Extreme


Cancer Tale is recounted—the details of which

only the few ever appreciate or understand!—


as if sickness were a language one learns

only in its country of origin!—


all uninsurable, unlike the vase my dear auntie

mailed me right before she unexpectedly


gave way, an extra $1.40, the green and white

label she and the man in the uniform signed


together in some modest post office in the

Adirondacks, a cricket chirping in the corner.


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