Her list of accomplishments was long, long, long.
Her work, her love, her song – – – now gone.
The measure of one life lived,
the purpose of what we give.
Was it fate that gifted her with it all?
Her zest left the rest of us to fall –
ow behind her tremendous lead,
left us planting the seed
of inspiration she gave,
with one small wave
that provided our moral scope
and allowed us some small hope
that life will go on and on and on
even now, that she is so, so, long gone.
Annette Gagliardi has poetry published in Genre: Urban Arts No. 8- Print, Southwest Journal, Summer & fall 2019, Dreamers Creative Writing Online and in their Year 1 Anthology Down in the Dirt Online Magazine, Trouble Among the Stars, Issue#2, Poetry Quarterly, the Poetic Bond VIII & IX. She has work in the League of Minnesota Moccasin, the South Dakota State Poetry society Pasque Petals and in Arizona State Poetry Society’s Sandpiper. Annette is a contributor and one of two editors for the anthology, Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From The Shadow of Abuse.