FWE Memories ~ run to the mountain, the pond, to Walden

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Run to the mountain, the pond – to Walden,

run on two-year old legs that crouch in the sand

as we laugh and scoop sand-buckets for sand castles.

Run fast before time shifts in my mind’s eye.

Run to the mountain, the pond – to Walden,

you’re tall now – your blond hair swipes your brow,

as we laugh and scoop sand-buckets for sand castles,

then build a fort to be safe from life’s fast-swooping tides.

Run fast before time shifts in my mind’s eye.


Run to the mountain, the pond – to Walden:

remember how we’d crouched on too-tall legs,

then laughed as we scooped sand-buckets for sand castles,

in this quiet, still pond where no lapping tide

can throttle your dreams.

It was here we built dreams I worried might never be.

Run fast before time shifts in my mind’s eye.

Run to the mountain, the pond – to Walden:

run so very quickly on sturdy, strong legs that crouch

in toe-gritted sand, as we laugh and scoop sand-buckets

for sand castles, before time shifts in my mind’s eye.

It was four years now that I let you go as a dandelion to the wind:

it was a million-zillion, tiny hair-breadth images of you

I breathed to freedom,  your never-never land of college.

It was childhood’s last hurrah, and we cried one last time  -

before time became a vapor, a fragrant memory of all we’d lived,

then disappeared forever, wending up toward the night sky.

Copyright ©  2007-2010. Kathryn Esplin.


I wrote this in prose-poetry form in 2007 and posted it in that form a few times here. I altered the form, and made some changes, adding ‘fragrant’ and ‘toe-gritted sand’ and ‘where no lapping tide’ and ‘can throttle your dreams.’

There was plenty of visual in the original, but it lacked touch, so I added ‘toe-gritted sand'; it lacked olfactory, so I added ‘fragrant'; it lacked auditory, so I added ‘where no lapping tide’  and added another visual, ‘can throttle your dreams.’

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An article of mine, 'On Marriage, Life, Death and Remarriage' was published in "Blended Families (Social Issues Firsthand) by Greenhouse Press." An article of mine was referenced in this book: "Margaret Atwood: a reference guide" by Judith McComb

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