Green Hills Literary Lantern



Why I Am Complete


Here in this cove-tucked lakeside cabin I call home,

the elements are easy.

The light slips through the cabin windows,

water responds with a glow,

a spider web gleams, a willow’s arched branches

—almost a cliché—droop over the shore.


I have begun the last third of my life.

My young adult daughters

breathe steadily in the other room.

The man it took me a lifetime

to find does the same next to me.

All this breathing in and out, here, now, with mine.





Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014).  Her poems have appeared in South Dakota Review, South Carolina Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Wisconsin Review, among others.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in 1986. She has spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. She splits her time living in Snohomish and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit