Invitation to the End

Sally Zakariya

So much to treasure here and now –

      the smooth tea cup in my hand

      the conversation of sparrows at the feeder

      the breeze carrying the scent of spring

Each one a small instance of goodness –

so many every day – but the stern arithmetic

of age tells me I approach the end


In sleep, some weightless part of me,

freed from the tired body, welcomes

a limitless cosmos, studded with stars,

suffused with the solace of love


Awake, I do not question the truth

behind my dreams

Sally Zakariya’s poetry has appeared in some 100 publications and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her publications include All Alive Together, Something Like a Life, Muslim Wife, The Unknowable Mystery of Other People, Personal Astronomy, and When You Escape. She edited and designed a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table, and blogs at