I am Afraid
I am afraid, afraid I will never be the same again.
I once dreamed of being a published poet, an award-
winning teacher who spent her life in the classroom
surrounded by students who love me. I am afraid
that what I began years and years ago will never
come to fruition. I am afraid that when I am gone
I will simply be gone, that no one will remember me.
I suspect that these words will reveal my panic, my fear
that no one will remember me when I am gone,
that my life will not be remembered. I am afraid.