Barbara Lydecker Crane

You might be old but still feel spry inside.
You might act bold but still feel shy inside.

Outside, where chance and possibility dance,
rain and wind might fill you with blue sky inside.

Each day offers a savory array, but you go hungry
when fear and inertia conspire and you lie inside.

What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of my own
lurking intuition, of relying on my eye inside.

Turning away in fear means missing any reward.
If you don’t do what only you can, you die inside. 

Open the door to that outspoken, undone work.
It’s dark, Barb— mind the step. Apply inside.


BARBARA LYDECKER CRANE has published two chapbooks, Zero Gravitas and ALPHABETRICKS. Recent poems have appeared in Angle, Light, The Lyric, Rotary Dial and Think Journal.  She gives two reasons for her enjoyment of ghazal writing: she likes knowing where a line is headed, and she appreciates that both her first and last names have more than one meaning. “Lydecker" is not so lucky!