I spy this dignified white-haired woman
in a long white dress
traversing a narrow seawall,
black rock and boiling surf below.
She plants each foot deliberately
like a circus tightrope walker
but without the hesitation
they affect to build up drama.
How unusual for a woman
of that vintage to take such risks,
I muse as she moves slowly forward,
apparently oblivious to the danger.
Some might call her foolhardy,
but I applaud this brave display;
her carriage, her courage inspire me
to disregard my own advancing years,
risk another hurried poem.
John Laue has edited Transfer, San Francisco Review and Monterey Poetry Review, and won awards for his writing beginning with the Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize at The University of California, Berkeley. With six published poetry books and a prose tome that offers advice and assistance for people with mental health diagnoses, he presently coordinates the reading series of The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium. Also a photographer, Laue had two shows of his photos last year and has several photos accepted by magazines and international on-line galleries.