"Many Nights in '76"

Written By

Lee Todd Lacks

Had I been fully aware,

I surely might have crumbled,

but I was seven and resilient.

My frenetic mind deferred

the gravity of the loss,

transforming it

into a temporary fear

of poisoning by osmosis.

 

Had I been fully aware,

I surely might have crumbled,

but you refused to let the

tragic accident shatter me,

and that is why all I remember

about those late night car rides

is a nameless sense of urgency

and the songs we used to sing

on our way home from the hospital.

Lee Todd Lacks is a mixed-media artist, music therapist, and clinical counselor, whose work tends to be informed by his experience of living with significant vision and hearing deficits. His writing has appeared in Bop Dead City, Tincture Journal, Liquid Imagination, Breath and Shadow, Crack The Spine, and elsewhere. His poem, “DurginPark,” recently won the, Bop Dead City Contest. Lee Todd currently resides with his wife and son in South Portland, Maine.