She wandered past the perimeter
of midlife, replaced blond curls
with natural iron-ore gray.
At this new stage of life
at all those efforts
over all those years
to be the aunt with gifts
she thought her sister’s kids
would love. To be the person
Tired of trying
to satisfy others
she sighed and slid with relief
into her next decade.
About the Author: Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Patricia Wellingham-Jones is a widely published former psychology researcher and writer/editor. She has a special interest in healing writing, with poems recently in The Widow’s Handbook (Kent State University Press). Chapbooks include Don’t Turn Away: poems about breast cancer, End-Cycle: poems about caregiving, Apple Blossoms at Eye Level, Voices on the Land and Hormone Stew.