I’m counting
the years of my life,
plucking the petals of the marguerite.

I’m counting
the losses of my life,
blowing kisses in the air.

Perhaps if I cry my tears away
for what will never be,
I’ll still get to live
what may become.

And if I may give up
what I never had,
I’ll experience
what I never dreamed.


Hélène Cardona


Hélène Cardona is a poet and actress (Chocolat). Her most recent book is Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013). She taught at Hamilton College and Loyola Marymount University, translated for the Canadian Embassy and NEA, received a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne and fellowships from the Goethe-Institut and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.