New Day Welcome to a new day. I must go Ahead with life as it presents to me I have to forge ahead steadfast and show What moving on and steering forth can be For past is only dreams and memories And it can bind the heart to so much pain And future can be blind to what it sees If it makes anxious thoughts appear again But now is time to move ahead. Today I take the life I'm offered in its course And do what is before me in its way What I must do by elemental force For then is past, the future distant lies But live today, before life lives and dies. Annelid Sonnet (an annelid is a blood-sucking creature like a leech) I thought I had forgotten you by now, But I have not. Must I go again Into this place of torment? Tell me how To get rid of this leech that suckles when I try to free it. How I can I walk on When I am chained? I bury you inside, Outside, within, withal, whereon, be gone! Be dead! But in the casket you abide, Alive but molded, withered; rotten worm That will not die, though I had thought you dead! I lunge forth and away but you hold firm With prongs embedded in my bones and head. __Oh, you have held a place within too long, __Too underserved, too late to right the wrong. Theresa Rodriguez is the author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs as well as a chapbook of 37 sonnets, both of which are available as ebooks on amazon.com. She is a classical singer and voice teacher who has written for Classical Singer magazine. She recently released an album entitled Lullabies: Traditional American and International Songs which is available on all streaming services.