from which your soft dreams break
and your arms trace rainbow arches
embracing lovely day
while old men shuffle lightly
through the halo of your smile
and children like morning glories
ring the hem of your skirts.
When your glance, like blessings,
showers star-crossed lovers
and the setting sun
breathes attar of roses
silken on your shoulders
while whispering night mysteries
to fill your breast with love songs
throbbing to be sung.
When you keen through purple midnights
pausing only at the dawning
of the new day’s promises ribboned with love;
then it is not a dream
that catches at your throat
with such sweet pain upon your waking.
It is your own heart breaking,
daughter of Isis.
Margaret Mitchell is retired from the City of Compton, where she served as Emergency Services Coordinator and Special Assistant to the City Manager. Since retiring in 2005, she has served in numerous leadership roles in District 1 Toastmasters and finds fulfillment in mentoring and training others to meet their goals as communicators and leaders.
Margaret attended the University of Redlands and Langston University. She graduated with honors from CSULA with a B.A. Degree in English. She enjoys writing and performing personal stories and has performed with Tell Me A Story, Tales by the Sea, and showcase productions of StoryMasters.
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