From Beginning to End-Kathy Mackey
Young girl dreams of an angel
On her right hand shoulder
Urging obedience and sacrifice.
Angry teen dreams of a devil
Raging on her left hand shoulder.
End obedience. Refuse to sacrifice.
No midlife dream instructs or shouts.
Often, it whispers of solitary wanderings or
Threats conjured by the daily news.
Aged, she banishes angels, demons, solitude
Lamenting her dwindling need for sleep.
Overwhelmed with end of life questions, she
Needs the comfort of silent spaces, kind faces,
Empowering mantras and the grace that is love.
For Sedona Coyote Poets, Acrostic poem, December 2020