see how seasons change without changing

by Maribel C. Pagan


dear grandma


look at how time has passed

from bed

                    to grave

from cold white floors

                    to a bed of flowers


see how seasons change

without changing

a lighted flame

                    whispered away


i wish to wrap fingers

                    around your thin bony ones

one last time

                    a prayer


but life isn’t kind

                    and here i am still


                                your loving



Maribel C. Pagan is a Latina writer. She has appeared in Foliate Oak, 7×20, Cuento, Blue Marble Review, Zaum, Persephone’s Daughters, and others. She has also appeared in The Box Under the Bed, a bestselling horror anthology. She has received the Presidential Scholarship from Mohawk Valley Community College and has received 4th Place in the Word Weaver Writing Contest, among other prestigious awards. Additionally, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Seshat, a Prose Reader for Apprehension, a Poetry Reader for Frontier Poetry, and a singer and musician forThe Angelic Family Choir. Visit Maribel at