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Peggy Trojan

Remember when we first shared bed,
skin hungry, pasted together
belly to belly?
Breathing the hot used air,
letting our limbs go numb,
we thought we could sleep
like that forever.
Now we share gold years and bed,
quiet on our own claimed side,
space between our weighted backs.
Breathing our own wide air,
we move often
to adjust blood and dreams.
When I sense your body sighing,
surrendering to sleep,
I slide my foot across the smooth divide
to touch your leg for anchor.
From Dust and Fire, 2011
This poem won the Susan Carol Hauser Prize for Writing.

Peggy Trojan, after a career of teaching English, retired to the north woods of Wisconsin. There, she and her husband, David, with the help of family, built a house next to a trout stream. Peggy stays busy writing and making jam from the raspberry patch she carefully and lovingly tends. Peggy is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and is the author of two full-length poetry collections and six chapbooks. Learn more about her here.



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I would be surprised if whatever Peggy publishes would not be a success, because Peggy is a giant poem by herself, full of kindness,full of laughter, full of life, of caring, of giving, of devotion and of love.
Posted 02/16/2013 01:19 AM
They are still together!
Posted 02/13/2013 05:22 PM
Diana Randolph:
Great poem, Peggy. Congratulations. And nice photo of you.
Posted 02/13/2013 02:35 PM
lisa honecker:
This deserves another prize! From New Jersey - land of many poets. Stunning! lisa honecker
Posted 02/13/2013 01:49 PM
"Pasted together, belly to belly" and "breathing the hot, used air" are so wonderfully mirrored in the second stanza. A lovely work!
Posted 02/13/2013 11:58 AM
Larry Schug:
The last line is just so fine, Peggy; a poem all by itself. But, ya know what?--tonight I'm gonna roll over and rock the boat! Thank you and keep that pen on the paper.
Posted 02/13/2013 11:33 AM
Lovely. Made me cry. Inspired that I may publish yet!
Posted 02/13/2013 11:18 AM
ed werstein:
Fine work, Peggy. I remember this from the last conference.
Posted 02/13/2013 09:38 AM
Janet Leahy:
Love the way this poem moves along to that wonderful last line. Thanks Peggy
Posted 02/13/2013 09:12 AM
poignant and beautiful...
Posted 02/13/2013 09:11 AM
. . . what fine work . . . to 'publish her first poem at seventy-seven' . . . what wonder . . .
Posted 02/13/2013 08:53 AM
"to touch your leg for anchor". Awesome.
Posted 02/13/2013 08:44 AM
This was beautiful. SO well said, and heartfelt.
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What a beautiful way to describe a lifelong love.
Posted 02/13/2013 06:06 AM
Lovely poem & the title is perfect.
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