I walk inside your stories The road is as long as a dream On the avenue of Beech trees We share the air and take breath The sky is a painful blue And if I were snow I’d hit the ground With a dead sound I hear your falling love And if I were a cloud I’d scroll across the world Taking your aches with me Yesterday lives on childhood’s kite And if I were water I’d swim around you Keeping our bond afloat The bougainvillea trails away And if I were heaven and earth I’d plant your heart In the sanctuary of my garden
A MOVING SYMPHONY
In my early old age I sojourn in reckless And stubborn writing Fragmented memories On paper In poems At places I’ve lived But never belonged Birds of passage Floating geese Where is home? Mother is an immigrant Not just a girl traveling Stoic on a never ending Restless flow on a body Of water She is full of grace Dancing inside shadows Like a moving symphony In the voyage of time Not tamed or timid Views of sage green Cross stitch in the valley There is pattern in the tapestry
The first time I smell smoke comes From the top of a cake, my cake One burning wick One small fire One year of life As each birth day arrives Candle-shadows cast Growing a gift of memories I try to give away Insisting these days are special Falling apart Keeping it together Fighting either way Like the iron in my blood And the irreversible blind eye I eat the damn cake Blow out another wish Add it to the collection of Dead and unfulfilled dreams No one said ‘I’ have to make them come true My future is a forest I have not yet walked in It is a mirror I use to look back on A little girl counting all her lucky stars The rehearsal is over The whole of my life is mine
Fotoula Reynolds is a writer of poetry, born in Australia of Greek heritage. She lives in the Dandenong Ranges in southern Australia. She convenes a poetry reading group in her local community and regularly attends and participates in spoken word events in and around the city of Melbourne. She is the author of three poetry collections and is published widely in anthologies, journals, reviews and magazines. Fotoula is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee.