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Mary C. Mueller

Mary Mueller is a Providence psychotherapist who specializes in therapeutic writing. Peruse her website  here .

She aspires to wit and wisdom in her poetry.

Her poem Embedded was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by New Verse News in 2009.

 

Mary is advisor to Dr. Bert, famed Corgi therapist.  Visit their blogsite:  Corgi Confidential


   Mary's Origami micro-chapbooks & selected poems are available.

 Origami Micro-chapbook 

Selected Poem(s)

Dr. Bert's Thoughts on Sibling Rivalry

 
Cover:  Dr. Bert in his office

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Most therapists just sniff around the subject of sibling rivalry.
 
We’ve all read the classics - The Alpha Puppy Sleeps Here,
What about the Runt? For years we’ve chewed on the horrors
of the Oedipal Complex,but we still deny a secret wish to obliterate
our siblings. I suspect it’s because we were the caretakers
of the litter.
Mary Mueller © 2014

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(or why I miss Winter TV)
 

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May I have the Sonnets in the ring, please?

This versatile breed had its origins
in Tuscany in the 1300s.
The Petrarchan sonnet is known
for its witty, yearning, argumentative form.
Its knack for barking at its own questions
make it a darling of the intellectual set
and a model of self-sufficiency.
Breed standards require only five rhymes
to qualify, unlike its offspring
Shakespearean sonnet, which needs seven.

Adopted in England, the sonnet’s tail
was modified by Thomas Wyatt into
a rhyming couplet. Beloved by Romantics,
Shakespearean sonnets are welcome guests
at weddings, anniversaries and candlelit dinners.

This short little breed’s ability to stand
on its own fourteen lines insures it’s place
as a heavy-weight in the formal rhyming group.

Here is Sonnet Number 29.
Mary Mueller © 2013

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Found Yarn

 
Cover Photo by Janice Forsstrom
Infinity scarf created by Ginny McClure

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Modern experts agree
that knitting is good
for “flu-in-the-nerves,”
my grandmother’s phrase
for upset and worry
randomly plaguing our town.
 
“If only she’d take up handwork,”
Grandma would sigh regarding
Rose, whose nasty
case of flu-in-the-nerves
required hospital stays.
 
Her sigh encompassed the world.
If only we knew that anxiety,
grief and family wars,
disappointment beyond despair,
when woven into a simple act
of plying yarn in endless beats
can transport our minds to infinity.
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2013

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Tuscan Idyll

 
Cover photo, ‘A Tuscan View’
by Brian Murphy

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In the morning

    one sentence

           appears -

                like mist

                     from the hills.
 
 

The breeze is as it was yesterday.
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2012

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Spring Twittertry

 

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Tulips expand,
snow was cutback.
Unless god intervenes,
rain will be sacked.


Mary C. Mueller © 2012


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Local Moments

 

Photo courtesy of Richard Benjamin

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The orchid soared white,
a swan’s neck arching
over Easter Lilies,
common tulips
and harlequin spring bouquets.
Its roots like parched tentacles
overflowed the pot.
They predict long life,
smiled the gypsy clerk,
unless they’re overfed.
An orchid must have fear,”
she said, which explains its roots
primed to flee if daffodils attack,
but not its knack for artful poise
as it forces shoots
through thirsty stems
in a desperate bid for life.
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2011

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The Golden Apple

 

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How odd that apple did not
like a dove take flight
to alight on my hand –
perhaps with my arms entwined
I was impossible to find.
Now I must scheme
for what is already mine.
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2011

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Little Arrows

 

If Dorothy Parker Could Twitter
(In 140 Characters or Less)
 

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If greed is a sin,
and its wages to die,
how do corporate transgressors
end up in Dubai?
 
Thoughts?
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2009

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Twittertry

 

If Dorothy Parker Could Twitter
(In 140 Characters or Less)
 

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Twittertry, like ennui
creeps in on kitten feet.
Twittertry, like archery
aims at the grand conceit.
 
Mary C. Mueller © 2009

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