She Began to Wonder


Luck has not been with her:

Her husband died young,

and four children to raise.

Two grandchildren nearly died

twice. And she has never hit the lottery,

her numbers worthless.


Now elderly and unsure,

she is lifted by legend:

forty years of sorrow seem


to the return of plagues.

Suffering and hoping

are in-laws.


(Source: Conscience Letter 353)