Summers Ago

Summers Ago
Gary Pacernick

I wish I knew your name
from many summers ago
when I saw you climb
the stairs and disappear
through the open door.
I can still picture you,
the svelte leggy woman
whose fiancé stabbed
the scraggly, red-bearded
bookstore owner.
I remember your white Corvette
parked under a tree
next to the Quonset hut
where the Writers Workshop met.
You were one of us who believed
in the power of words
to move the world
when we were young and alone,
dreaming of being poets
and having a name.

about the author
Gary Pacernick is Professor Emeritus of English at Wright State University.  He has published books of poetry, criticism, and interviews, and edited the letters of David Ignatow.  His most recent poetry book is A Caregiver’s Response: Our Shared Journey.