My Partner in Time, My Little Joy
(Inspired by the Quentin Baxter Quintet)
by Nancy Alpert
My drumming pulse
thumps rhythmic warmth
while deep in my base
my heartstrings strum.
My body sings in counterpoint
the key to love’s sweet melody.
Anoint the horn of happiness
and blast the news aloud
My life’s is blessed with sacks of joy
since you were borne of play’s caress.
- Nancy Alpert
Nancy Alpert was born in Long Beach, CA and transplanted to the Bay Area to attend rival schools Stanford and Berkeley. She graduated with an MSW, worked twenty years as a geropsychiatric social worker, and launched the Senior Peer Counseling program in San Francisco. When her career and marriage ended almost simultaneously, Nancy turned to writing. This lifelong hobby—evidenced by umpteen journals and a high school poetry award—led to her first publishing credits, essays in Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land between Two Seas (Traveler’s Tales) and Wandering in Costa Rica, Landscapes Lost and Found (Wanderland Writers.) Along with essays and poetry, the children’s picture book world calls her, enthralls her, and (so far) has stalled her. Nancy has a bilingual following—she edits a weekly K-8 public school newsletter, Noticias, in San Francisco’s Mission District. Nancy spends time at home with her thirteen-year-old daughter/editor; cats, Donut and Cupcake; dog, Latke; their edible namesakes; and an undisciplined Muse. She is always on the hunt for the best writing pen.