Funeral Visitor

Maggie Hess


I find your heart in your chest where you left it,
a drum that beats a hundred for one of mine,
I find in your throat a call, such melody,
that captures dropping water sure.
I find in your wings a windy current
as you stretch wide
and sail to the next branch.
I know you.



Inspired by her transformational battle with schizoaffective disorder, Maggie Hess’s poetry has been widely read. Maggie won the Leidig Poetry Award judged by Linda Pastan and the May B Smith writing award.