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Where Are You Now?
by April Pittman
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I keep remembering that day
when you walked into the kitchen and paused
just on the other side of the divider
waiting, I think, to see if I would look up
as you hesitated over your goodbye.

Every night the scene plays over in my mind.
I step around the counter that separates us
and wrap my arms around you so tightly
that I convince you to never leave.
I tuck you into my heart and keep you.
The day never comes when you give up
And stop hesitating over your goodbyes.

Sometimes I still see you in my rearview mirror
Running down a dirt road in the dust from my tires
That fishing pole wobbling in your hand
As you called out for me to remember you.

In my mind, I stop the car and watch you approach
And then fold you into my arms forever.
I should have taken you with me right then
I should have saved you from yourself
So I would never have to wonder why you didn't call.

So many things I should have done and didn't.

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Reviewed by Debashish Haar 10/22/2010
A fabulous poem on existential agonies. The images meld and recreate a story, which seems familiar and disturbingly so.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/7/2010
As we journey through we sometimes wonder "IF" and you bring this out so well...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/7/2010
April,
You deliver this regret in straightforward lines full of tenderness, poignancy and understanding. The kitchen divider takes on real significance and the third stanza image of "Running down a dirt road in the dust from my tires" is marvellous and very sad. And the title, a question those who miss someone can't help asking...

John



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