We thank our poets and subscribers for sharing the month of May with us.  This month's special celebrations are Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and last but not least, the birth month of Quill and Parchment.  
We are 5 years old!  Happy May to everyone!



Expressions of love for two separate women: a mother and a mother-in-law
Visiting Day
by Rhina P. Espaillat
This is to Tell You
by Rhina P. Espaillat



"In her arms/en sus brazos"
by Carlos Reyes



"Your voice still echoes with the fullness of love"
You Left Your Light Beneath My Path
by Antoinette Kopperfield


"My first child moved inside like an ocean"
For My Sons
by Christine Klocek-Lim


"Pine forests, where icy rivers run"
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John




"Like a drifter walking"
Poem For My Mother
by A.D. Winans




"Onto brown soil where white flowers erupt"
by Charles Ries









"I'd love to hold you in the morning light"
Rollin' Hills Of Mexico
Words and Music by Joe LaMay



"We fought the wars to end the wars"
Memorial Day
by Nancy Ellen Abrams





In Mexico this delicious dessert is called Aroz con Leché
Stovetop Rice Pudding
from the kitchen of  Eddy Robey




What better way to start your Cinco de Mayo celebrations?
Tomato-Lime Salsa
de la cocina de Sharmagne Leland-St. John



This can be a very expensive chip dip unless you can get the avocado from CostCo or your own back yard!
Guacamole Supreme
de la cocina de Sharmagne Leland-St. John


Serve one per guest as an appetiser or two as an entreé with beans and rice.
Chiles Rellenos
de la cocina de Sharmagne Leland-St. John



Originally made with beef, try this low fat variation for a change of pace.
Chicken Fajitas
from the Spanish kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John


This tangy treat  is a real thirst quencher!
from the happy hour holiday bar of Sharmagne Leland-St.John


Sweet and smooth
Watermelon Margaritas
From Sharmagne Leland-St. John's Happy Hour Holiday Bar





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