Blessing XV, by Anne Whitehouse

At the end of summer
the evening sky
is lavender and gold,
the leaves are dark, dark green.
The greatest love is one
that demands no response
but gives fully and completely.
I think of Hellen,
who loved me
unconditionally,
a child whom
she took to her heart
and sustained
into middle age.

 

Anne Whitehouse is a poet and fiction writer living in New York City. Her newest poetry collection is ONE SUNDAY MORNING, just out from Finishing Line Press. Two short stories will be published in Editions Bibliotekos’ forthcoming anthology, BEING HUMAN: CALL OF THE WILD.