The Final Mile

 The Final Mile 

Brittle bones and broken smiles,

the pathway stretched and worn.

Trodden dreams dissipate and

fade into the past. Seeking solace,


repentance lost, seasons turn again.

Staring out through fading eyes,

the years march swiftly by. The

juxtaposition of fate and fact. 


Timetables made. Days spent

planning, the mantle clock loudly

chimes the hour. The mundane

routine of daily life yawns again.


Twisted bodies and aching limbs. 

Porcupine quills and serrated

knives, the mind numbing sensations

linger on. Burnt toast and sour


milk, the daily fare of late. Clouds

across the moon, another night

goes by, all the while we lumber

forth until we reach that final mile.

Ann Christine Tabaka
Ann Christine Tabaka is a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
She placed Third in Vita Brevis Best Poem Contest both January & February 2018.  She was selected as Poet of the Month for January 2018 and interviewed by Kingdoms in the Wild. She lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are Page& Spine, West Texas Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Bindweed Magazine, The Metaworker, Raven, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, Scryptic Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, The McKinley Review.
*(a complete list of publications is available upon request)

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