I Am Trying To Remember My Mother

who she was
before she found herself
waking up surprised
again and again
in the apartment
that looked like a room
in a seaside hotel,

sunshine flooding in from the east,
the sounds of waves crashing,
paintings of the ocean
on the wall.

But it was not a hotel.
The sounds of waves
were traffic,
and the train did not stop
to let off passengers
or to take them
back home.

Marianne Szlyk is the editor of The Song Is…, an associate poetry editor at Potomac Review, and a professor of English at Montgomery College. Recently, her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, has been accepted by Flutter Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of online and print venues, including Long Exposure, Front Porch Review, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, ken*again, Of/with, Bird’s Thumb, Yellow Chair Review, Snapping Twig, Flutter Poetry Journal, and Black Poppy Review. Her first chapbook is available through Kind of a Hurricane Press. She hopes that you will consider sending work to her magazine. For more information about it, see this link: http://thesongis.blogspot.com.

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5 Responses to I Am Trying To Remember My Mother

  1. I loved this – will have to share with my students. Sarah

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