Finding balance in the second half of life

Things I wish I had

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

A butterfly bush in the front yard.
A clothesline in the back,
so I could feel the sun
and virtuous at the same time.
The thing with feathers.
A ride on the swing
with my daughter
when she was four,
her legs wrapped around my waist,
her face backlit
at the height of our arc.
Courage.
My sister-in-law,
back from the dead,
doing her impression of a stewardess–
a staple at Thanksgiving–
pointing with two fingers
towards the exit.
Or even
the sharp memory of her laugh,
which is feathering
just three years,
three months,
and one day
into forever.

–Christine MacLean

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