Jody Hadlock
1 min readApr 3, 2017


I hold in my hand

My soul

It sits there quietly


I cup my other hand

Over it

It needs to be protected

You see

From what

You ask

Pain, disappointment

But also joy

Because happiness

Is fleeting

Like a bird

It will take flight


I un-cup my hand

My soul is patient

Then it flutters




Jody Hadlock

Author of The Lives of Diamond Bessie, a historical novel based on a 19th c true crime. I write other stuff too.