from Being a Woman-Forthcoming Poetry Collection
poems by Michele Lee
illustrations by Sammi Lee
From the banished back row, she did step forward.
Her curves revealed by a full moon’s midnight glow,
extending from the side, to the middle of the road.
Along the edge, where the imposter merged with flesh,
a woman was seen kneeling, with head held low.
Possibly praying while changing a tire blown;
tasks not taught but learned on her own.
Desolate lands echoing hesitation and heaviness,
that within and around her, overflow.
Hands smudged by heavily worn treads.
Hands needing a rest from steering through darkness.
Hands shaped by constant clasping and clinging to hope.
She and her silent overhead traveling companion,
both borrowing their light, faintly shown.
A light too weak to remove shifting and distorted shadows,
but just enough to reveal a road unknown,
and to propel her toward
a sunrise forthcoming.
“Sunrise Forthcoming” is the first poem, in my third and final Being a Woman – Forthcoming Collection. This first poem incorporates subject matter from two poems found in the first, Overcoming collection. The readers of my first collection might recognize the reference to my poem, “Curves” in the first two lines of “Sunrise Forthcoming.” Another connection to the first collection is found in the line that contains the phrase, “changing a tire.” I am pleased to share this first poem, along with illustrator, Sammi Lee’s original drawing. Artist Sammi is creating the final drawings for my Forthcoming collection, then the project will move to the publishing stage. I look forward to announcing the completion of the final Being a Woman book, sharing more about the collection, and reflecting on our long-distance project that began at the start of the pandemic. In the meantime, our first two collections are available on Amazon, both as paperbacks and eBooks (link to recently released eBook below). We love sharing our collaborative creative projects and are grateful to those who have purchased a book or two and to those who have taken the time to write a review.🙏 💕
A cowgirl, I am not, but I do dwell in the southwest and my Stetson hat has recently helped me step-up my giddy-up during our mask-up existence. 🤠💃 Keep stepping and enjoying the sunrise. 🔆 Thank you for visiting and reading. 💗 Michele
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Photo location: somewhere along Highway 74 in Arizona
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