outside my window, our neighbor putters in her garden.
her roses languish while weeds have their way.
chemo, a fourth round, has taken its toll.
a few wispy hairs blow in the soft breeze.
i close my door gently behind me and we exchange a quick hug.
fear of crushing fragile bones holds me back a little
though her spirit soars, strong, unwavering
like the circling hawk above us, sun on golden wings.
at a distance a blackbird caws,
while hummingbird savors nectar,
drinks in the sweetness of the moment,
unafraid of that which is to come.
– Victoria Slotto
© 2014, poem and all photographs, Victoria Slotto, All rights reserved
VICTORIA C. SLOTTO (Victoria C. Slotto, Author: Fiction, Poetry and Writing Prompts) ~ is an accomplished writer and poet. Winter is Past, published by Lucky Bat Books in 2012, is Victoria’s first novel. A second novel is in process. On Amazon and hot-off-the-press nonfiction is Beating the Odds: Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia. Victoria’s ebooks (poetry and nonfiction) are free to Amazon Prime Members. Link HERE for Victoria’s Amazon page.
Editorial note: Congratulations, Victoria, on that the long awaited publication of print copies of Jacaranda Rain, Collected Poems, 2012, Beautifully done.
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