Dianne Olsen is a freelance writer, poet and garden consultant living in Massachusetts. She wrote the weekly “Valley Gardener” column for the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal for four years in the mid-2000s. Now retired from a career as a horticulture and environmental educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Putnam County, NY, she volunteers at a teen center, food pantry garden and summer camp. She has an MA in Environmental Studies from SUNY Empire State College. Her freelance work has been published by Taste of Home; her poetry in Writer’s Resist, Colloquial Poetry, Mojave River Press and Review, and Postcard Poems and Prose.
I am happy when I wake at night,
hear your deep breathing,
see your face turned to me.
I place my hand under the covers,
not to wake you, you know,
but to feel the warmth of you,
just where I left them
when we were last awake.