Someone I know
is more brave than am I.
She jumped from a forty foot fall
into swirling stream
on a dare.
Rode the highest horrifying rides
at the midway.
Challenged me. Challenged me.
I went too. I went too.
Almost turned blue, but I went too.
Helped people and animals in need
When I might close my door.
Figured out how to fix her car
On the side of the road
in a midnight snowstorm.
Used her noggin
And rose rapidly from the ranks
to do a job without thanks,
but she is Queen.
Does for others before herself
and needs another who will do for her,
but none have made the grade.
It is lonely for her, with standards high.
Settle, she will not.
My fear is her aloneness.
My joy is that she calls me Dad.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.