Sharon Foley


Sharon Foley’s poems have received recognition and awards form the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association as well as the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letter’s literary magazine. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including: The Aurorean, Common Ground Review, White Pelican Review, Bellowing Ark and Plainsongs as well as the anthology, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined.

She lives in Milwaukee with her husband, children and ferocious five-pound Morkie, Dash. When not writing, she enjoys reading, long walks, crafting and collecting sea glass along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Her chapbook What is Endured is scheduled for release by Finishing Line Press in October of 2016.

What is Endured, Finishing Line Press (2016). Preorder here


I Can’t Find the Spoons

It’s winter now
and snow is lulling
each house in our village.
I’ve lived longer than I should have
even though it will be
less than you
even though I’m not ready
the house a mess
I can’t find the spoon
and the dark clouds
are beautiful in storm
even now as they move
eclipsing the evening sun.

I unfold from my pocket

A square of quilt
that holds your lavender scent
begin my work of stitching
in the quiet kitchen
black coffee, crescent roll
needle weaving in and out
between cotton downy
and plum-colored fabric
as I patch together
this crazy quilt.

I feel rhythm of your breath
remember autumn days
working side by side, quilting
peach cobbler crusts
loaves of braided bread.
This needle like the movement of my grief
in and out
a pattern never finished.