The fall of the Amazon

before
I used to run
while my contemporaries looked on
stunned by my energy

before
I climbed trees
urging earth-bound children to follow
but they stared and said no

before
I made long lists
completing each task and ticking it off
before the allotted time

before
no task was too great
too unfamiliar or too complicated
for my determined hands

before
neighbours gasped to see
the amount I could achieve in a day
let alone a week

before
I was an amazon
but bit by bit life chipped my strength away
and now it’s gone

©Jane Paterson Basil

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10 thoughts on “The fall of the Amazon

  1. Wonderful poem about “before.” We all have a story and in the end the last verse is an eventual reality. I’m hoping I still have many “before” moments, even though aging is catching up to me. 🙂

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    1. You probably don’t know it, but you are an Amazon.
      I don’t know why I’m telling you this Mary- I have a feeling you don’t read my responses to your lovely comments.
      I’d love to have some news from you… xoxox

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