From my Bucket list


June, 1999

The year following the death of my mother,

the year following my completion of treatment…

Lymphoma(Non-Hodgkin’s / B-cell large& small)

that year was a blur.


He’d made a lot of money in the stock market

& we should go on a trip to celebrate…



My only ever hot air- ballooning,
high above the Arizona desert

up at o-dark-thirty.

One thing I remember,

was the quiet of dawn as
we slipped skyward.

Everyone fell silent,
as if in prayer…

I thought of my life


about how much I missed my mother,

& the absolute beauty

of sunrise over the red rocks.


©Nancilynn Saylor 2016

Picture courtesy of Red Rock Balloons

Sedona, Arizona

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