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by Angie Minkin
You give up at 2 am,
patrol the dark house,
feathers from Laura’s elderly peacock,
the kids collected long ago,
the Tibetan bell, white sage.
You craft a shrine, an offrenda
to a god you don’t believe in,
mutter prayers in Yiddish, Spanish,
chants from your Buddhist phase.
Check on your neighbors:
so many lights in windows
that should be blissfully dark.
You sigh yourself to sleep,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angie Minkin is a coauthor of Dreams and Blessings: Six Visionary Poets. A poetry editor and contributor at Vistas & Byways Review, her work also appears in Birdland Journal, Motherscope, New Verse News, and the Pangolin Review, and will be forthcoming in the anthology Fog and Light. Angie has attended numerous writing workshops and is a member of the Marin Poetry Center, the Bay Area Poets Coalition, and the Academy of American Poets. When not writing, she practices yoga, takes dance classes, and travels to Oaxaca, Mexico, whenever possible.
Other Works in this Issue:
Unfinished Notes on Aging