I remember not being able to remember
this rock. I used to stand six feet above
it and never see the striated gray, the channels
cut by ice so recently run to sea. As a boy,
I’d sprint and slide dangerously close
to the edge, to the rumbling breakers and bobbing
blades. Now I get nostalgic staring back
toward the white wall half a mile from where
I used to touch it, used to slip along its slick
face. It slithered away toward the base
of the low hills I always thought were
more ice. I learned gone here, dangling
our feet over the edge, holding hands as the past
drew irrevocably back from the lapping waves.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.
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