I'd like to be a happy, treasured soul,
with friends who cherished me - who made me whole.
I'd like to feel content, fully embraced,
no matter what my situation faced.
Experiencing love would be my hope,
and able to return it with great scope.
I’ve turned into a hermit, yet I find
a solo life is beautifully designed.
Others may not want my company
and I have found I cannot disagree.
But sometimes I would like to clearly see
a place where I feel wanted, just for me.
Jean, at 83, has been writing poems since she was 18. For 25 years she published a popular poetry quarterly of up to 100 pages, with a subscribership of nearly 500. Illness in 1986 ended the magazine. She currently publishes, by email, a 2-page monthly of clean humor. Contact her at email@example.com