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Biography:

Debbie Noland retired after 29 years of teaching writing at State Fair Community College, Sedalia, MO, where her most significant accomplishments are her creative writing students and The Legacy of Plywood U, a history of the college published in 2003. In addition, she published a children’s book, Sweet Dreams: A Bedtime Rhyme, for the Montserrat Poetry Festival, where she was a presenter in 2009 and 2010.

Other major publishing credits include “Tractor Parts,” a creative nonfiction piece in Exposures: Essays by Missouri Women; a weekly Sedalia Democrat column titled “About Town,” which ran from 1990-92; three poems in The Mid-America Poetry Review; and several poems in the Children’s Better Health Institute’s Humpty Dumpty and Turtle magazines. Her newest writing endeavor, begun in March 2011, is Googie’s Attic, a blog that chronicles and analyzes experiences in grand parenting in a variety of literary formats.

Debbie received SFCC’s Instructor of the Year Award in 1989, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993, SFCC’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009, and the Missouri Community College Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. Her first love is poetry, and life itself runs a close second.

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Haiku from Rustic Seasons

Haiku from Rustic Seasons

–from “Spring”

Rainbow spans the sky.
Below, the trail of a snail
Crosses the front step.

–from “Summer”

Skyscrapers go up;
Two ants move a crumb of bread
Across brick sidewalks.
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Flashback

Flashback

Your cry pierces my sleep
like a shotgun blast,
a small circle of impact exploding
into a familiar pattern of panic.

I often hear this cry,
shrill and unnatural
like the war itself,
a never-ending strip of negatives
reprinting themselves
over and over in your mind
when sleep catches you off guard.
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Pieces

Pieces

The pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
lie scrambled on a table
in the waiting room
of the cancer center:
shades of white, pink, lavender
that combine somehow
to depict four masked revelers
at Mardi Gras.
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Barefoot and Blognant

Barefoot and Blognant
–from the blog “Googie’s Attic” Googie’s Attic

The other morning I was swinging a leg over the side of the bed when Pa-pa (to whom I sometimes allow partial credit for the fact that we have grandkids) asked the obvious: “Are you getting up?”

“I have to,” I said. “I have a blog in my head.”

“Should we call the doctor,” he asked, “or do you just need to blow your nose?”

“I just need to get to the coffee pot and the computer,” I said, “in that order.” The truth was, I was rapidly nearing the end of my most recent blognancy, and I was about to pop. I grabbed my robe and headed downstairs.
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