with a sunset to warm me to the core,
leaving winter nights behind –
and knocking on summer’s door.
waking to a new time & a season of promise.
since May’s darkening descent,
is now shifting to a lighter gear –
with every minute of extended daylight.
but the whirlpool of winter catches me in its grip.
Immune systems undermined,
children with coughs and sneezes,
I am nurse and mother – above all else –
no time to rest and recuperate.
In the trenches, one foot in front of the other –
doing my duty till the tunnel’s end is reached.
the longer days make me anew.
A husband home from work in daylight –
children playing outdoors – high as kites.
to breath in the scent of a summer’s night.
Alone with my thoughts and the waves on the shore –
the shrill caw of a seagull as it soars.
© Sarah Lee, 2012