Things We Never Said

I linger in the morning
chill after dreamless sleep,
survey untilled fields
near the Comfort Suites,
before breakfast,
watch morning traffic,
before recalling
a dream decades ago
when you were
more than a memory,
when we walked
hand-in-hand
on a moonlit sidewalk
in the shadows
of chef-owned cafes,
when candles flickered
on small round tables—
memories that traveled
over a thousand miles
infiltrated by remnants
of evening talk radio.
If only I had stopped,
yielded to street signs
in forgotten towns.

Dr. Jim Brosnan is the author of Nameless Roads (2019). His poems have appeared in the Aurorean (US), Crossways Literary Magazine (Ireland), Eunoia Review (Singapore), Nine Muses Poetry (Wales), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada), The Strand Magazine (India), and Voices of the Poppies (United Kingdom). He holds the rank of full professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and has just been awarded a faculty fellowship to complete his second collection, Driving Long Distance.

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