Fredric Hildebrand


“Don’t you miss out on bein’ alive,”
my southern grandmother said,

her gnarled fingers holding old moments:
the lost family farm, early widowhood,

dead children, and her one-room life
at a hundred years in her eyes like

the light of an uncertain candle.

Fredric Hildebrand is a retired physician who lives and writes in Neenah, WI.