Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Spring 2016

Volume 13 Issue 2



Will I Remember

By Emily Hart

I set the alarm for sunrise minus ten
dress quickly in the clothes I laid out
on the chair the night before,
go down the stairs,
counting off the two flights,
knees stiff, reluctant
but obedient.

How many mornings
sloth-like did I cling to the bed
while the sky rioted

I watch the sunset
the gradual fading colors
the deepening shadows
that I had been too busy
to pause and observe --
honor --
How many times?
How many years?

Astar or wanderer
reveals in the blue black sky
catching my breath,
moments later joined
by a Van Gogh ecstacy
whirling in the lens of my tears

And I wonder --
will I remember color?
The subtle variations of red --
The sun through the haze of smoke
from the forest fires
or the maple leaves in Oregon --
almost pink
or cardinals --
will I remember the difference
between a cardinal's scarlet
and the flash of a red winged blackbird?

Will I remember?
Will I remember?
Will I remember?

Emily Hart is an internationally published, award winning writer of poetry, essay, short fiction and drama whose work has appeared in magazines such as Denali, A Room Of One's Own, At The Crossroads, Fireweed and others under various pens.  She was also the First Annual Medford Oregon Library's Comic-con Costume Contest Honorable Mention Winner for her portrayal of Sheldon Cooper's, Meemaw and her moving rendition of "Soft Kitty."

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