“My New Life” by Dee Shapiro


My new life fills my head
Every moment it tells me
I will be fine

Pulled through the past
and through each day
what do I want to remember
when memory fails?

These few things:

impending darkness
repelled by an evening clearly lit
by lamplight

a conversation connubial
with the promise of passion

to a cool morning
after a heat wave.



Dee Shapiro is a poet, painter, and writer. Her poems and essays have appeared in Chiron Review, Small Pond Magazine, Black Bear, Blue Line, Adirondack Review, New Press Literary Quarterly, Aught, The Bark, Heresies Connecticut River Review, Rhapsoidia and Confrontation. She teaches art history and studio art at Empire State College, Old Westbury, NY.