There are still two days of April Poetry Month. There’s no better way to celebrate than to feature poetry created by Greenwich poets. This month Greenwich Time has been able to feature selected poems by Greenwich Pen Women members whose poems are featured in the 2013 published book: “Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women.”
Following on is a poem by Valerie Stauffer titled, “Remembrance of Things Past.” If you are interested in obtaining a copy of “Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women,” you can call Deborah Weir at 203-203 869-0427, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembrance of Things Past
By Valerie Stauffer
Jumbled in the attic of my memory,
is my world of dusty yesterdays -
my friends and relations
and the splintered shards of days.
I open the album of faded russet leather,
cracked on its spine. Who
are these sallow shapes cavorting
through pages? That wedding cake couple,
molded of slick plastic dreams,
gaze toward a future
of confectionery years, a life soon dissolved
in a slurry of grief.
Flickering images from ghosts
of my shadows-heads *
with corkscrewed ringlets or show tufts
of hair, I know them so well,
but where are they now?
Nuzzling toddlers giggling
in bright arpeggios now speak
with weary obligation over phone lines
of static and stress. They called
last Christmas. Or was it my birthday?
Or perhaps nearly never?
Slithering through the ooze
of my rememberings, I dig
in ashen wastes, unearthing
festering Sorrows of years –
searching for nuggets of joy
nuggets wrapped within midnight despair.