I Once Knew Love

By: Ann Christine Tabaka

I once knew love.

There is nothing here … nothing to see, nothing

worth remembering. An empty past echoes its sad

refrain. One word must lead to the next. One act

must follow. Footsteps – heavy & somber,

thunder through rife emotions. Blistered flesh

asks for salve, a salve of redemption. Folded arms

clutch a fleeting moment. Hands clasped in

prayer. Brown overtakes green. An absence of

birdsongs herald winter. Wanting what we can’t have,

taking what can’t be replaced - love is left behind.

Each time the same words are written in the dust …

There is nothing left here.


Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017& 2023 Pushcart Prize in Poetry; nominated for the 2023 Dwarf Stars award of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association; winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year; selected as a Judge for the Soundwaves Poetry Contest of Northern Ireland 2023. She is the author of 16 poetry books, and 1 short story book. She lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and four cats.

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