The fractals of my life
cause me wonder.
Free will,
so like  negative space on the canvas,
interrupts a purposeful agenda. 
Ancient and far from memory
there were patterns of Destruction. 
Innocence was lost.

And yet, resilience feeds the bated breath
of my Eternal Soul.
Chores compete with a bucket list which grows shorter every year.
I am no longer desirous 
of becoming any more than what I am.
And leaves me wondering:- is there more to life
then simply wash, rinse and repeat?

Laura Kester Duerrwaechter‘s published works include “The Christmas Tree Chronicles”; part of the Christmas Lites VI Anthology, edited by Amy Huntley and JG Faherty, and two chap books of poetry. Bipolarity (Createspace March 7, 2017), and You Know Me and You Don’t-Poems From a Random Life (Createspace August 28, 2017).

Future endeavors will include dark fiction shorts and a collection of light hearted non- fiction stories about her pet sitting business. She’s considered a “pantser” and loves the unpredictable muse which keeps her creativity spontaneous and unexpected.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at

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