Sharon Watts Writes

when pictures fail me…

Category Archives: Essay

Bert Sommer in Brockport (“it was the ’70s”) . . . and a bit of my M.O.)

I am casting a net—hoping to pull in a catch of informed insights, quirky anecdotes, and pithy quotes from people I have never met. Telescoping back more than fifty years—and … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Special Delivery

I opened my front door to see the familiar arrow swooshing toward me on a sizable box, as a question mark thought-bubble rose to meet the falling autumn leaves. I … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

This End Up – a poem

You once told me you’d end up in a cardboard refrigerator box under an overpass. “Oh Neil” I laughed. You loved to make me laugh.   You tucked me in … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

R.I.P. Lord & Taylor

Learning of the imminent closing of Lord and Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue caught me off guard at a time when I am numbly beginning to acclimate to the … Continue reading

January 21, 2019 · 8 Comments

Going to Jail – Part 3

D. approaches me with the air of someone who has acclimated to the harsh boundaries that have redefined his life these nearly two decades behind razor wire and bars. A … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 3 Comments