remembering love in flashes as i move through traffic // i see your hands on the wheel poised as they were then // you turn towards me and i see your face smiling lovingly as it did then // the light turns green i accelerate with a smile remembering
melancholy seeps in slowly as Little Texas and i fill the air with laments about what might have been and i recall what used to be // turning left along Sunset i study forms with backpacks slung casually over one shoulder never finding you
my heart yearns as my head rebels offering every explanation for why it is all in the past and why it should remain that way // they both agree that alone is better for always says my head with our memories whispers my heart
bittersweet resignation accompanies me along the drive as the wipers clear drizzle from the pain // intermittently // interrupting // remembering
After her Ma passed away in 2008, Karen Sylvia Rockwell became fierce about writing, diving into workshops and readings. She is celebrating the recognition her work is receiving, including being awarded 1st Place in Room Magazine's 2013 Poetry Contest. Karen's work is featured in Room, Deep Water Literary Journal, The Saving Bannister, OffSIDE, Cranberry Tree Press's Happenstance, Ascent Aspirations' 2014 Bizarre Anthology, Womanspirit's In Our Own Voice, Vanessa Shields' Poetry ON Demand, vol. 2, and several anthologies of The Ontario Poetry Society and of Polar Expressions Publishing. Karen lives in Belle River Ontario.