He recognized her by the stain in the metal.
He remembered her by the price of a gallon of gasoline.
When she put her long piano fingers on his left shoulder,
he recalled the one song she recorded,
her soft voice, her kora, her lute, her mandolin,
the electric guitar she made by hand.
Yes, what they claim is true:
When they walked past the bakery of hot, fresh scones,
the scent bubbled up within him and he tasted her,
the steaming crust of pastry and skin, the way day began
so many years ago, sitting outside with her,
the sky a regal blue, clean without congestion.
What happened to me? he asked.
What happened to us? she answered.
Let’s get a scone, he said gladdened by her response,
and remember everything good in this world.
and they entered the bakery to heaven.
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011), and Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012). Michael H. Brownstein's latest volumes of poetry, A Slipknot to Somewhere Else (2018) and How Do We Create Love (2019) were both published by Cholla Needles Press. He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011).