hard choices had to be made,
living was sometimes easier.
The afters never left the flagpole;
time stretched wide and forever.
Now, with so many afters,
before is emptier—(grateful this is over),
or, what is left has given some peace.
It never lived up to the before, however,
when we could check the flag pole
and feel safe.
© 2020, Judy DeCroce
JUDY DeCROCE Is an educator, poet/flash fiction writer and avid reader whose works have been published by Plato’s Cave online, Pilcrow & Dagger, Amethyst Review, Tigershark Publishing, and many others. As a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre, she also offers workshops in flash fiction.
Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband poet/artist, Antoni Ooto.