Poetry by Rebecca Smolen
after the loneliness is mere breeze of spring—
after the hurt puddled in the streets begins to dry—
after the tears have wilted and begun to brown—
after blame forgets our names—
after the anger is cleaned out and
I give it back to you to keep
I will float through this empty house
sun filling each room into yellow
each surface clean and smooth
with no residue of you and me
you and me: ghosts like memories
waiting to forget
Rebecca Smolen is a Portland-based writer who grew up on a dead-end road in New Hampshire exploring drainage pipes and pond life. She leads generative writing workshops using the Gateless Method and views the process of inspiration and creative writing as a form of healing. While Rebecca’s strong feminist voice is occasionally trapped within society’s confines, she vows to teach her son and daughter there are no confines.
You can find her poetry in the Poeming Pigeon, The Inflectionist Review, Unchaste Anthology, Mutha Magazine, and a poetry chapbook, Womanhood and Other Scars, as well as Excoriation, a full-length manuscript from PoetryBox.