Lucky – a poem by Susan Michele Coronel


My thoughts linger 
on the hem of my purple dress. 
I am not a perpetual witness to failure 
but a doppelganger uncovering roots –
source of connection and remembrance.
Sometimes I traverse the road between heaven and hell, 
strumming “So Long Marianne” on a beat-up guitar 
or fingering prayer beads. 
I don’t recognize family portraits in the hall, 
blue light turning faces olive and sullen. 
I listen to myself whistling. 
It’s not a matter of chance, 
not a question of who, what, where, why 
or when, but the other w — wonder—
whipping around the windowsill 
as Earth spins into dawn. 
I bathe in morning light 
with a full view of the chapel. 
I am not my own worst enemy.
I am a lucky lady holding out a finger for a bird. 

Susan Michele Coronel is a NYC-based poet and educator. She has a B.A. in English from Indiana University-Bloomington and an M.S. Ed. in Applied Linguistics from the City University of New York. Her poems have appeared in publications including Prometheus Dreaming, Hoxie Gorge Review, Ekphrastic Review, Passengers Journal, Street Cake, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Newtown Literary, and HerWords.

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