The hallway with windows doesn’t have sunshine today. The Chicago skyline is nearly obscured by tiny snow flurries are falling clouds.

January 23, 2013
Loyola hospital
near Chicago

I smiled quietly this morning
standing in a window lined hallway
seven stories up
savoring the sun shining in
turned toward North
(I guess)
since Chicago skyline
is on the horizon
I’d stepped out of the hospital room
to call my sister
left a message for her
with my voice breaking
and a few tears falling
at the end

January 22, 2013
Loyola hospital
Chicago suburbs
northern Illinois