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Mary E. Martin: Permission to Forget

After a painting by Jonathan K. Rice


Permission to forget

that we are all in the eye

of the storm, slowly spinning

and soaring in the quiet air

while outside the pounding

and hounding of relentless



Permission to forget

the dreams we don’t

like—the ones where

we scream, or fall

or feel the presence

of someone small

in the corner.


Permission to forget

the heavy grudge

of separation, arms

and legs slow to recognize

each other.


What we should remember

is how the wind like our breath

bellows the world,

the back and forth journey

a constant sharing,

like the morning

light a blaze of yellow

through the dark,

like the echo

of starlings winging

a river through the clouds.

From Turning Air into Gold (Main Street Rag, 2021). Copyright 2021 Mary E. Martin

“Permission to Forget” by Jonathan K. Rice (acrylic on canvas) 12″ x 12″. Included in Vox Populi by permission of the artist.

3 comments on “Mary E. Martin: Permission to Forget

  1. Tom Martin
    December 20, 2021

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    December 20, 2021

    Oh there is so much space between permission and ability.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sean Sexton
    December 20, 2021


    Liked by 2 people

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