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Sharon Auberle




There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
                                          ~ Leonard Cohen

There were times through the years, love,
I thought my heart would break,
times it felt rough around the edges
and since I wear it out there,
melting on my sleeve, you always knew,
while your heart was (mostly)
tucked away, steadfast and quiet,
though once I saw it naked in your eyes.

And didn’t we both expect perfection?
That your heart would always speak
when I needed it
and that mine would hear
all of your unspoken words?
Maybe growing old is just learning
to cradle each other’s heart in our hands
like broken baby birds
or snowflakes melting in fists of light.

From Crow Ink (Little Eagle Press, 2009).
Used here with the author’s permission.



Photo by Len Villano

Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who lives in Door County, Wisconsin.  Author of six poetry collections, her work has appeared in numerous publications and on-line magazines, as well as a variety of anthologies. Sharon served as Poet Laureate of Door County from 2017- 2019; her latest book is Dovetail, a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist Jeanie Tomasko, which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Annual Chapbook Prize. Sharon’s earlier years of living in the spare landscapes of the Southwest, and now surrounded by  Northern woods and waters, along with interests in Zen, music, and photography, provide her with endless inspiration.



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thanks so much, everyone! Sharon Auberle
Posted 02/01/2012 08:58 PM
So tender,so lovely. Thank you, Sharon.
Posted 02/01/2012 04:50 PM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
The last two images just grabbed me, will stay with me for a long time-thank you so much,Sharon!
Posted 02/01/2012 01:19 PM
wendy morton:
Oh, delicous poem, Sharon. Yes, this is what growing old together is.
Posted 02/01/2012 10:40 AM
Tender truth! Thank you, Sharon.
Posted 02/01/2012 10:08 AM
Such a beautiful poem, thanks Sharon. "though once I saw it naked in your eyes." LOVE that line..
Posted 02/01/2012 10:08 AM
Wonderful poem, Sharon. Did you ever hear Neal and Leandra sing "Old Love?" It speaks to these thoughts.
Posted 02/01/2012 09:39 AM
Donal Mahoney:
A poem like this should reach even the most removed of men even if they have nothing in their lives to mirror what's recounted. A wonderful poem wonderfully written.
Posted 02/01/2012 07:53 AM
Really love the last lines and images! Wonderful poem!
Posted 02/01/2012 07:50 AM
ed werstein:
Wow. Fantastic, Sharon.
Posted 02/01/2012 07:41 AM
yes yes yes!! beautiful!
Posted 02/01/2012 07:26 AM
You've done it again! Just wonderful.
Posted 02/01/2012 07:15 AM
Maryann Hurtt:
Oh, Sharon...old love really is the best. Lovely.
Posted 02/01/2012 06:14 AM

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