I awoke slowly today, carefully.
Yesterday still owned me.
I have sailed through my life
And all its choppy waters, rough.
Sinking sometimes, gasping breathlessly at others.
Love was always around, in all its many guises.
Sometimes it danced; sometimes it kicked,
And sometimes it left.
Left me, still loving, yet empty.
And the clock ticked, its fingers circling rapidly.
Until death touched me, sharply.
And the years ticked again, loudly.
Speaking to me then as friends.
Dear Life, you taught me severely.
Yet now I feel the peace, coming almost full circle, with love.
And I heard what you taught me, with thanks.
© October 2021 Val J Chapman