A life in six images

by Elaine Edwards

1950s
Cubs play
under the sun
while watchful lionesses
sit sentinel.

1960s    
Death leaps onstage
picks partners for his
deadly tango
slow slow quick quick
slow.

1970s     
Like insects
on a string around my waist
my children buzz nearby
or fly further
or settle on my shoulder
sometimes butterflies
sometimes wasps.

1980s       
Worlds whirl collide
meld smolder
expand
stars glisten
black holes beckon.

1990s      
At the school athletics meeting
sprinters pound the track
middle distance runners circle
cross country athletes weave and jump
they all finish before tea.

2000s      
Transplanted trees
often lose their leaves
but if their roots are strong
they somehow get along.

2010s      
The homunculus I accidently
swallowed in my youth
has grown by feasting on my flesh
and now emerges
as an old woman.

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