Five Poems by Firelight, November 2020, By Lori Caskey Sigety

1.        

Staycation.

so stressful

this autumn. grateful

for

time away

from full-time

gig

and balmy

weather. perfect night

to

burn stuff

and write, solitary

in

sobriety rather

than lonely and

tipsy

with a

frenemy named Cab.

mind

is anxious

but will take

it

over sadness.

tonight, will mark

fifty

days I

fought for serenity

and

tomorrow, will

mark fifty-one.

2.        

Trying

to stay

positive during this

election,

pandemic, an

unexpected diagnosis. a

reminder

of finite

time racing by.

hope

my aching

body does not

cross

finish line

until soul readies

only

when sole

purpose is complete.

3.

Nightfall.

church bells 

ring. Six o’clock

feels

like midnight

and looks like

 it

too. does

            not sound like

it.

gossiping crickets,

the loud vroom

of

motorcycles out

for the last hurrah

before

cold snaps

and snow falls.

then,

winter will

sound like midnight

later,

after the

church bells rang.

4.

            I

            used to

            be terrified of

the

dark, especially

in the present.

the

lights dimmed.

I could not

see.

now I

am more afraid

to

see a

permanent darkness tomorrow.

5.

 Listen

         to sound

         of a distant

         ambulance.  

         worry if

         someone’s body gave

         out.

         inhale, a

         somber reminder of

          gnawing

          pain in

          my broken liver.

Lori Caskey-Sigety is an author, blogger, college instructor, editor, librarian, musician, photographer, poet, and writer from northern Indiana. She lives in a cozy historical home with her husband, Steve, and four rambunctious cats. She had had her words featured in An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse (poetry at the South Bend Museum of Art), Edible Michiana, Gamers Decide, Gnome Stew, Indiana Libraries, and WordPlay Anthologies I & II.

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