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Sally Bliumis-Dunn


Only a few red and yellow 
patches of leaves --
faintest edge 

of cold coming through;
summer wearing out 

like a pair of old jeans ? 
hiss of school bus braking.

You're both in college now, 
and school is long ago for me.

But isn't there always 
the circling back ?

more than remembering, 
I can almost see

the flat- ended yellow pencils 
ready to be sharpened,

stiff loops of laces 
on brand- new shoes, 

faces of classmates, 
changed, slightly unfamiliar 

after long, separate summers.

I remember feeling 
time fall back 
from the soft green blur
of summer into a circle 

on the black- rimmed clock 
with its jumpy red minute hand

on the wall above 
our classroom door.

From Second Skin (Wind Publications, November 2010)
Used with the author's permission.



Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches, is Associate Editor-at-Large and features writer for PLUME, and teaches a Personal Essay course at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Her poems have been published in a long list of distinguished journals and, in 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Sally is the author of four books; learn more about her here.





Post New Comment:
Thank you, Sally - I think I had the same clock in the classroom. Beautiful. Ann Caron
Posted 10/02/2010 09:35 AM
Julianne Carlile:
This poem really brings back memories for me. Thank you!
Posted 09/30/2010 07:13 AM
Nabby Dog:
This is a vivid poem with wonderful specific details. It evokes a powerful time in the past but never slips into sentimentality.
Posted 09/30/2010 05:37 AM

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