voice at midlife
by Sister Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S.
what is this heat aching to be heard
like an answer of a summer’s storm:
thunder lashes within my flesh
as liquid pulses beneath its fragility
when shall it rain
for every lesson the geography is the same:
coming home is the body’s yes
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Sister Lou Ella is a former teacher and librarian. She is a certified spiritual director as well as a poet and writer. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines such as America, First Things, Emmanuel, Third Wednesday, and new verse news as well as in four anthologies: The Night’s Magician: Poems about the Moon, edited by Philip Kolin and Sue Brannnan Walker, Down to the Dark River edited by Philip Kolin, Secrets edited by Sue Brannan Walker and After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events edited by Tom Lombardo. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017. Her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless was published in 2015 (Press 53).