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.

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