Maggie has separate doctors for each body part,
chronic disease, mental dysfunction.
Divides her life between free-spirit bohemian,
recovering Catholic, responsible daughter.
Is energetic in early morning:
power-walks miles of trail,
invites her poetry muse
to join her for coffee.
By mid-afternoon, begins to sag,
craves a long, quiet nap
with two sleepy dogs
on a comfortable sofa.
Becomes what she has always feared:
a depleted, difficult, middle-aged woman.
Transforms from lively dynamo
into cranky curmudgeon.