Taking Turns

by Jeanie Greensfelder

I pass a woman on the beach.
We both wear graying hair,
feel sand between our toes,
hear surf, and see blue sky.
I came with a smile.
She came to get one.

No. I’m wrong.

She sits on a boulder
by a cairn of stacked rocks.
Hands over her heart,
she stares out to sea.
Today’s my turn to hold the joy,
hers the sorrow.

[via American Life in Poetry]

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