home, you gave
back to me the
picture I’d given
you one Christmas (of you,
fourteen, with my arm around
your shoulder). You said, “I don’t need
this.” Perhaps you meant nothing by it,
but it symbolized so much more to me.
Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.