Aging, poetry written by Sheila Henry at



written by: Sheila Henry



We must dress
up ourselves
in patience and grace
when we look in
the rearview mirror
at our lives
how things used
to be…

We laugh with our friends
at the memories of
such and such, but
we must surrender
or fall apart to…

In surrendering
we gain a true sense
of self and
an understanding as to
who we really are…

The frivolousness
of the past
lies behind us
in fond memories.
Onward march, we go
for there is much power in the
ahead of us.

We must take our positions
as matriarchs and patriarchs
and as elders
because we have earned it

Sheila Henry

Sheila Henry

OCTOBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
On Trinidad, the larger island of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is where Sheila was born. After a rewarding childhood, she migrated to the United States in the summer of 1969. Soon thereafter she became a Naturalized Citizen. Though she never took a Poetry class, her passion for poetry compelled her to a prolific self scholarship. Sheila resides in New Jersey where she spends her time enjoying her grandchildren and preparing her collection of poetry for publication. Sheila Henry’s writing style can best be categorized as Visual Poetry, blending emotion and vision into a poem or story of color. Her poems and short stories are featured at Spillwords Publications, Literary Yard, Sweetycat Press and other publications.
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