Lauren Scharhag

Spirit Death

Dawn never feels

like a beginning


Only the beginning

of the end.

Some days, I wonder

if I died in my sleep

and my spirit just hasn’t

figured it out yet.

Today, from the bus,

I saw a woman collapse

against the wall

of the hospital building.

Her grandson had to

hold her up.

I’m tired, she kept saying,

I’m just so tired.

Her world had clearly ended

and her spirit knew it.

Lauren Scharhag is the author of twelve books, including West Side Girl & Other Poems, Requiem for a Robot Dog (Cajun Mutt Press), and the forthcoming High Water Lines (Prolific Press). Her work has appeared in over 100 literary venues around the world. She is the recipient of the Door is a Jar Award and the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for poetry, as well as a fellowship from Rockhurst University for fiction. She lives in Kansas City, MO. To learn more about her work, visit: