Dimmed lights and fluttering candles
greet the listeners.
A lone stool draped with tie-dyed fabric
awaits the artist.
The artist appears.
Haunting melodies fill the night
with soft yearnings
and I weep.
I weep for years past
and for time lost.
I weep for talents buried deep
and now emerging.
I weep for possibilities to come.
Elizabeth Sams retired as a nurse educator, consultant and health care leader in pursuit of her love of writing buried under a bush for so long. She has had many articles, documents, reports, curriculum pieces, organizational histories and programs, and creative workshop materials used and published during her nursing career. As a consultant in leadership areas, Elizabeth developed workshop and promotional materials for an international team-building organization. Elizabeth is currently writing in several genres: poetry (traditional, free verse and prose), children’s board books/short stories/poetry, creative non-fiction/memoir, and fiction. She began submitting her work in May 2020 and has been pleased to have her work published in Plum Tree Tavern Journal, The Writer’s Group/Grey Thoughts Literary Journal, Ariel Chart International Literary Journal, Gabriola Arts Council Newsletter and The Drabble Quarterly.