My Writing


Visiting Norman

The Mt. Auburn cemetery was much larger than I’d expected. The town itself had practically become a ghost town over the years, as if its very mission were to empty its houses year upon year, feeding the cemetery until all the residents resided on that quiet patch of land.

I parked at the top of the hill and stood beside my car surveying the gravestones that surrounded me, hundreds of granite markers precisely lined up, silent and serious as soldiers in formation. The grass was long, in desperate need of mowing, and still wet from the night before. Which way to go?

“You’ll have to help me out here, Norman” I said out loud.

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Divorce – a short short story

Read it here: https://brieflywrite.com/2020/09/05/divorce-shirley-hilton/


Earthquake, Mexico City 1985

A pantoum is composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza.

Read it here: https://www.backchannelsjournal.net/shirley-hilton-earthquake-2



The Other Side

On election day 2020 Rattle Poetry featured my poem The Other Side.

Read it here: https://www.rattle.com/the-other-side-by-shirley-hilton/