The Atomic Weight of Aging

by Rose Menyon Heflin

Joints protesting loudly  
under the heavy imaginary atomic weight
of my unique cellular make-up
and multiple generations of trauma,
I rise, 
biohazard that I am, 
against my will, to greet the morning dust motes
merrily juking and jiving,
breakdancing slowly in the sunlight 
streaming through the cracks in the window blinds.

How dare they congregate
and party so early
and do so
without me?    

Rose Menyon Heflin is a writer from Madison, WI. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals across four continents. It won a Merit Award from Arts for All Wisconsin in both 2021 and 2022, one of her poems was choreographed and performed by a local dance troupe, and she had a CNF piece featured in the Chazen Museum’s Companion Species exhibit.