Sixteen miles out

she could see

the city’s silhouette,

the Tall City,

the Mid-lands,


She felt a tightening

in her chest, 

at first,

so she sighed,


the endorphin-

fueled feeling

of being away,

the vacation


but by the time

she counted

the tenth


she acquiesced,

a little, but held on

to the curve of a river,

the arch of a bare-

limbed canopy,

the offer of his 

hand to steady

her aging knees

as she jumped

from the fallen 

tree … she closed

her eyes, distilling 

the moment

into that evermore

place of memory…

—C.L. Fisher, March 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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