Persistence – a poem by Judy de Croce


As the street rises closer
the wind falling

leaning to the window­
she watches.

Stepping to the mirror
taking in all she’s become—
something is already gone.

Gravity and time must be the story;
the music causing her smile.

that’s what we do.


left-right, early-late,
setting off for another there.

The horizon,
a goal not always ahead, may
slip the lead, follow
or move beside.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
that’s what we do

the best we can.


Judy DeCroce, a former teacher, is a poet/flash fiction writer whose work has been published in Cherry House Press: An Anthology (Upcoming April, 2019) Pendora Magazine, The Sunlight Press, Nightingale & Sparrow, riverbabble, Nixes Mate Review, Pilcrow & Dagger, Red Eft Review, Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, An Upstate of Mind, as well as Palettes & Quills, and Writers & Books.  She is a professional, storyteller and teacher of that genre.  Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband, writer Antoni Ooto.


  1. Ali Grimshaw says:

    What a heartfelt expression written with flow. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Judy DeCroce says:

      Thank you for your response to my poem “Persistence.” There are so many of us who straighten up and walk tall when illness’s and mighty challenges are in our way. We all persevere, don’t we?
      Judy DeCroce

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ali Grimshaw says:

        Yes Judy, we are stronger than we realize.


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