by Laura Minning

I look down into the river,

and I see an Old Woman

staring back at Me.


Her hair has been changed

by the elements of time,

and Her cheeks are dampened,

by the bitterness in the air.


But Her eyes glisten in the moonlight,

just the same.


She tells Me, in secret,

that She will never allow Herself

to be hurt like that again.


And so Her mind lives elsewhere,

making plans for the future,

while attempting

to put Her past behind Her.


I try to console Her,

but every time I begin to speak,

She turns away.


You see:

I think She’s as wonderful on the inside,

as She is beautiful on the outside.


And sometimes,

she can appear to be

almost youthful and free.


But she won’t hear My words;

She won’t listen to Me.



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Writers Bio

Laura Minning was born in Virginia and lived in Georgia and Connecticut before attending college in Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Studies from Bradford College. She’s also had the opportunity to travel throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Laura's an award winning published poet and author. She's been published in various national anthologies and on-line, received two awards in merit for her poetry by The National Library of Poetry, and was granted membership into the International Who’s Who in Poetry for 2005 by


All in all, Laura’s had over one-hundred individual poems, two books, six articles and one short one-act play published both in hard copy and on-line. Her first published poetry collection, “dear diary”, was released by Vantage Press in December of 2003. Her second book, “sunburst”, was published by Xlibiris in May of 2005.


She’s also been published with Slate and Style and Yahoo as a contributing author. More recently, her poetry has been featured with publications like Amulet Literary Magazine, The Tower, Magnets and Ladders, The Sacred Owl, Word, Nostrovia! Poetry Guest Blog, and Random Access Poetics.


Laura’s currently pursuing her passions as an abstract artist. She’s exhibited her work with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at their Studio School, and at the Working Artist’s Lyceum spring event in 2014. Her work is now on display at the Bethel Public Library in Bethel, CT.


If you were to ask Laura about her success, she would tell you that the difficult is but the work of the moment; the impossible takes a little longer.


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