Heading Up

Do we all get
where we’re headed?
I’d like to believe I do.
I’ve held a cold hand or two,
rubbed a few backs,
running my fingers, lightly,
from illness’s base
up to where it all ends.
See, it’s a paradox.
We come out
top to bottom,
but mortality begins
at the foundation,
works its way up,
a transient pressure
behind the eye.
Feel that explosion of light?
That’s where
my head is going.
See you all soon.
We all will.

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Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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