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Mary E. Martin: Permission to Forget

After a painting by Jonathan K. Rice

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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

chaos.

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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.

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Permission to forget

the heavy grudge

of separation, arms

and legs slow to recognize

each other.

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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

    Nice.

    Liked by 2 people

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