Anne Hope

Beloved:
You have gone away again
lost to me in a life
of throbbing energy,
caught in a vision
that consumes
your time,
your mind,
your heart.

I envy those pursuing with you
your demanding dream.
I watch you go, and know
I can no longer keep your pace
no longer gallop at your side
jump hedges and wade streams.

I feel alone, abandoned
-desiring to be there,
– desiring peace and quiet,
longing still to share
the joy of action
sense of high achievement
of a common goal,
dreading the compulsion
to stretch beyond my aging strength
or face mortality.

(100 words)

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