In the Past of My Future - Claire Scott

In the past of my future, I move at the speed of panic.
Spend time with friends, read Moby Dick,
learn Spanish, see the Galapagos, study Shakespeare.
Above all try to outsmart Atropos with her eager shears.
Sweat miserably on a stair master, jog (sort of) a mile a day.
Gallons of fish oil and flavonoids.
Just now a moment for my granddaughter
curled in my lap, sucking a strand of hair.
Her face beaming as she “reads” with me:
            You are my Mother Bear
            and I am your Little Bear
            and we are on Earth and you know it.
A moment that lasts an hour.
May my feet stay planted firmly on this earth
as long as the future lasts.

Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.  Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA.  She lives with her husband in Oakland, CA and has two children, two children by marriage and five grandchildren.  All of which keep her wonderfully busy!