My Talisman - Judy DeCroce

next to me
Louise  ̶  just across the bed bars

right here in the children’s ward
she didn’t understand all those tests either

taking blood taking urine
always taking something from us

but she knew Nancy Drew
magic tricks and favorite board games

we’d scooch our beds close

little girls with time,

alone time, quiet time,
too much time,

more time  ̶
till we didn’t

Judy DeCroce is an American poet/flash fiction writer, educator, and avid reader who began writing flash fiction and poetry in 2006  ̶  many of which have been published by Plato’s Cave online, Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, The Poet, and The BeZine. Her works have been featured in US, UK, and India.

Her impetus for telling stories was borne out of a childhood affliction where she was bedridden for five years with a then unidentified illness. Because of this, she honed her imagination to build stories of what could be.

Among other talents over the last thirty-five years, she includes professional storytelling along with instruction of that genre, working with students ranging in age as young as kindergarten to adult. She also offers workshops in flash fiction.

Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband, poet/artist Antoni Ooto.