“Before and Again” by Luanne Castle

The we of my belief lived in a land
of easy comfort, brief and surface woundings,
even when tussled by history
that lasted a month on our portable television.
We swept the broken pieces into piles
thinking our bonfires would destroy memories.
We continued to sweep invisible gravel,
rusted fenders, and chicken shit into squares.
Over the years, unnoticed by us, trash piled up
behind the propane tanks and storage sheds,
but the squares out front distracted us with
their seeming importance and sheen.
One day we made breakfast for our children
and sent them off to school; within minutes
we began the crossing through broken glass.
Looking down I saw scraps of torn angel wings.
Now we live in a land new to us, with patched
windows and doors, having stuffed the shards
into our hearts so that they are bulky jabby
things we have to handle with Kevlar gloves.

Copyright © 2023 Luanne Castle
All Rights Reserved

Luanne Castle lives in Arizona, next to a wash that wildlife use as a thoroughfare. She has published two full-length poetry collections, Rooted and Winged (Finishing Line Press 2022) and Doll God(Aldrich/Kelsay 2015), which won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Poetry. Kin Types (Finishing Line Press 2017), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Luanne’s Pushcart and Best of the Net-nominated poetry and prose have appeared in Copper Nickel, American Journal of Poetry, Pleiades, River Teeth, TAB, Verse Daily, Saranac Review, and other journals.

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Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

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Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

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15 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. This is a poignant and thought provoking poem.

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    1. Luanne dice:

      Robbie, thank you!

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  2. byngnigel dice:

    A lot to consider in this poem. 🙏

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    1. Luanne dice:

      Thank you for reading it!

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  3. Meelosmom dice:

    Thank you, Luanne, for this compelling poem. The imagery is sharp and raw. As I read it, I reviewed my life and all the changes in the past decades.
    We look forward to hearing more from you!

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    1. Luanne dice:

      Thank you so much! I like that: sharp and raw!

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    1. Luanne dice:

      Thank you, Merril!

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      1. merrildsmith dice:

        You’re welcome!

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    Luanne, congratulations on this beautiful yet sad piece. So much to feel badly about that is going on in this world. I felt moved but also it made me stop and think about all the wickedness in the world today. I think the angel wings torn up truly packed a thought provoking punch. Beautiful writing and congratulations on your successes with your writing. Blessings, Joni

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    1. Luanne dice:

      Joni, thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment. And for your good wishes, too. My best to you!

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  5. michnavs dice:

    This piece got me pondering on so many things. Beautiful Luanne❤️

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  6. Luanne dice:

    Mich, thank you. So pleased you found the poem thought-provoking. 😍

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