by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Kitchen 9:43am

When I reach The Age of 122

and People ask Me What’s

My Secret?

I will tell Them:

“I have lived on a diet

high in fat, sugar and salt —

fat for My Blood

sugar for My Disposition

salt for My Tears —

I have had The Love

of A Big Black Cat

named Astropythicus

to soothe My Palpitating Heart

and I have lived

in the Land of My Dreams

where every day

I took to My Magic Pen

and wrote My Life

in Stars”