I read through my old diary tonight.
Inside a sweater drawer is where I found
itâ€”tattered travel log. It had a slight
tear on the spine, but still was neatly bound.
I read my thoughts on some far distant night,
stone turrets wrapped in ivy, summer-crowned
green willow trees with soft Parisian light
across the way. My memory swirled around
each consecrated word, until your name
appeared, a shining brilliance so profound
it burnt the yellowed page with quiet flame.
Karen Kelsay, native of Orange County, has been widely published over the past five years in poetry journals and anthologies. She is the founder of Kelsay Books, a thriving new press comprised of four imprint companies. You can read various articles about Karen, her press, and her poetry at: The Poetâ€™s Corner, The Nervous Breakdown, Katie Hoerthâ€™s Blog, Thick With Conviction, and A Motley Vision.
“Quiet Flame” was first published in String Poet.