Dance of Life
Perched by the open window
tiny dancer bathed in glow
beneath a veil of green eyes
gilded lily in disguise.
Faded scars cannot erase
sad memories from a place
where sticks and stones broke her bones
sharp lessons learned long ago.
Dodging minefields, cat and mouse
secrets hidden in old house
one magic moment has turned
to cold dust where fire once burned.
Sinews, muscles stretch and thrash
finding strength amidst the ash.
though hope seems lost with no trace
she exudes amazing grace.
A strong breeze from down under
pushes sorrow asunder
as she glides forth, free from strife
in this mystic dance of life….
Colleen Keller Breuning is a poet and photographer who was born and raised in Maryland. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia. Her poetry, short stories and photography have been published in a variety of print and online magazines during the past decade. Her first poetry book, Shadows of My Father, was a tribute to her father and published in 2011. She is currently working on her second book of poetry, along with assorted photography projects. She participates in several online writing groups. In addition to poetry and photography, she loves nature, music, cats and wine (not necessarily in that order).