Let’s begin with memory.

How do you usually find yourself

returning to your past…


thrust back by crisis,

needing overdue explanations

and ready to demand them?


Or slowly, a sadness

beginning to make itself

painfully evident?


Or swept away by emotion

like a swollen muddy river

on its righteous way

to take over a town?


Maybe you simply wake up

foggy after a midday nap

filled with the vague idea

someone didn’t tell you everything.


Though if you are lucky,

maybe you are be transported back

by the taste of syruped pancakes

or the smell of a box of old books,


so that you are transported

to familiar happy images

once vivid but now a bit clouded


by your mind’s cataracts,

giving you a soft sense

that all that has happened is a gift.


Anne McCrady

Anne McCrady is a poet, speaker, and peace advocate. In addition to her award-winning poetry collections Along Greathouse Road, Letting Myself In, and Under a Blameless Moon, and her original parable Kevin & the Seven Prayers, Anne’s writing appears internationally in literary journals and anthologies. Anne’s work has also been presented as short film, art song, libretto, and liturgy. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee. Anne also has editorial, review, fiction, and creative nonfiction publication credits and is an active poetry contest judge and workshop presenter. Anne lives in Tyler, Texas. Her website is www.InSpiritry.com.

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