Fortune Cookie

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem inspired by fortune cookies.

the woman shares

a bowl of fried rice

with her husband

her head covered

with a colorful scarf

her lovely hair

did not grow back

after the chemo


her bony shoulders


as she giggles

then sobs

handing the crumpled paper

to the man she loves

and who will always love her


“You will live a long and prosperous life.”

no, they won’t

but they have something better

something few can claim

something rare and beautiful

a lifetime love



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