mom at 98
her mind is her own
no one else does
the Cheyenne call it
an existence between two worlds
that of the living, that of the dead,
the "wandering without,"
she hears the banshee's call
she welcomes it
and wonders why its taking its time
a great gift of age is waking every morning
with no fear of death
Dan Jacoby is a graduate of Fenwick High School, St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in several fine publications. He is a former educator, steel worker, and counterintelligence agent. He was born in 1947 on the second floor of a cold water flat at 55th and Halsted, Chicago. He has been writing poetry since 1967 and his work is influenced by the Beats, John Knoepfle, Al Montesi, and John Logan to name a few. He has been nominated in 2020 for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. He is the author of the book Blue Jeaned Buddhists.