Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/0CW459lCKs0) 11.02.2023.
I carried my wife,
a curly-haired carrot, tethered to a stick
where I shouldered a promise
on what would shatter
if I broke it
on what was worth shattering for
tried to break me
and I was shattered
and I did hold tight to the promise
and I did return
Returned with a heart still pumping in celebration
of a victory claimed
when Death had the home field advantage
About the Author: Bekah Steimel is an internationally published poetic person who was “mostly dead, slightly alive” on VV ECMO life support in 2019 from double lung failure (get your flu shot! And COVID vaccine as well!). An artist reporting back from the other side. Developing Chance Books LLC.