Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln
During her early years
she was a sailor
seeking calm seas
& fair winds at her back.
A smile on her lips when she somehow
remembered intermittent calm
& fair times in a weather-worn life.
At a recent Assisted Senior Living Center
visit I found her wearing a shirt that fit
her to a tee, with an image of a whale
and a quote,
They whispered to her
“you cannot withstand the storm”
She whispered back,
“I am the storm.”
Proud of her maintaining dignity in a life
colored by men’s ignorant dominance.
In the background, CNN news was blaring
for the benefit of the hard of hearing.
Seemingly several of these elders, animated, energized
began blurting out opinion & commentary;
“This is not normal, not even close”
“Why doesn’t the gov’t care about us anymore?”
“He’s got an interesting relationship with the truth.”
“We’re facing a Code Orange of greed, corruption, vulgarity & malice.”
She laughed at fellow cohabitant’s commotion,
then saying she’s been grieving
over men’s misuse of power.
“May the next world be matriarchal,
mothering, kind, compassionate
and welcoming to all, equally.”
Closing her eyes, a tear as nostalgia awoken
of sailing through the San Juan Islands.
“Quite a tale they told
calling them killer’s whales,
but they are actually dolphins”, she insisted!
I smiled when she said
as I was leaving,
“I’ll get on back home
one of these days.
Calmly I breathed
a gentle understanding.