One Poem by Kathryn Sadakierski

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Coin Toss

Two faces,
Two ways of life,
Of Janus, poised between beginnings
And endings,
Of stories, new years
And old,
Past and future,
Two myths of who you are,
On a path to self-discovery
The present
Stationed neatly between,
Janus’ sides
In the center
A heart that still beats,
Clock faces and calendars,
Pages torn
To accommodate a new month,
A new time,
Reckoning with the earthly and the sublime,
Frozen in this life
As youth and age compete,
Experience cuts its teeth
And wisdom reigns supreme,
A flower, still fresh with scent and petals unfallen,
Just a memory from a dream,
Leaves in the wind
The only remnant
Of before,
Pages unturned,
Before change wracks the earth,
And time moves forward,
Though Janus still remembers,
Never fully prepared
To go forth,
Looking both ways
To see your fate;
Heads or tails,
Whatever the halves of the coin
Should say.


Kathryn Sadakierski’s writing has appeared in The Bangor Literary JournalThe Ekphrastic Review, the 2019 Zimbell House anthology The Marshal, and elsewhere. She graduated summa cum laude from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts with her Bachelor of Arts degree, and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree.

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