Rejoicing on her 50th Birthday

To my spouse, stepmother to my two daughters.


You were born to blow into three souls,

giving them life that was prompt to vanish,

packing up, leading ahead, making new ones.

While with us, you have appeased and healed.

When they take you to the bottom of the earth

and your soul rises to the heavens, be careful.

Touch us and the planet gently, so enlarged

will be your power we cannot even dream of.

Published in the Lake, October 2015 issue.

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