The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2


Ode to Roads Unpaved

by Carol Smallwood


Announcers of spring mud

distributor of summer dust

collector of fallen leaves

proof of winter freezes.


Delight of car washes

stage for shadow plays

faithful keeper of bumps

for all seasons.






 by Carol Smallwood


Aging arrived when

doors began being held open 

with that smile for the elderly.


When catalogs descended like

Alice’s pack of playing cards:

large numbered clocks,

colorful canes—endless aids

to make one independent.