Retired teacher; fulltime writer
National Senior Poet Laureate 2004
Stockbridge and Blairsville, Georgia


I live each nanosecond of my life
as ready as the sprinter for the "Go!"
I walk the earth when fearfulness is rife,
packed tight with monsters that no one can know.
I race from lofty peak to lofty peak
to catch the lightning bolts that spear the sky,
and laugh and laugh when thunder booms and speaks
in horrendous tones that numb both ear and eye
I breast waves that have pounded foreign shores,
joined astronauts in pioneering race.
My agile mind and creative heart explore
and ever seek for keenest words to trace
these treks for kindred hearts as up we soar
to jet with eagles in the realms of space.

Barbara Ruth Sampson