Here's an excerpt from another of those poems, "Bitter Fruit":
It is a slow awakening,
This knowledge that your life
Is a compromise
Of other people's
Intentions of what shall be done
With your flesh and bones.
Yes, and mind, too, although
No one ever intimated that you
Might be possessed
Of one of those....
Madame L's fellow reader/writer/commentator Laura wrote in response a comment about J.A. Jance's series about a woman sheriff in the area of Sierra Vista, Arizona (a remarkable town in a beautiful part of the country).
|From the official Web site of the city of Sierra Vista, AZ (http://www.sierravistaaz.gov/)|
"Edge of Evil" (a beautiful L.A. news anchor is fired because, at 40, she's "too old," and goes home to Sedona, Arizona, where she has to deal with the murder of her best friend from high school);
"Web of Evil" (that same woman, Alison or "Ali" Reynolds, goes back to L.A. to sign the divorce papers so her husband, who also thought she was too old for him any more, can marry his bimbo --- but her husband is killed, and she's the only one who can solve the case);
"Devil's Claw" (Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County has to solve a murder, save a young Indian girl, and prevent more deaths); and
"Improbable Cause" (Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beamont figures out who murdered a dentist in his own office chair).
And Madame L highly recommends all the ones she has read. All of them have intriguing and admirable, yet still believable, heroes; and intricate and fascinating plots.
Madame L isn't going to read all the ones that J.A. Jance has written: Life is short, and all that. But if you find any one of Ms. Jance's books, say, at a used bookstore or library sale, by all means pick it up. Madame L is pretty sure you'll enjoy it.