Tires tracing the paved network
on the way to retrieve pieces of my life
while I bid farewell to the mountaintop winter
and the spring landscape came alive.
My destination, shadowed times didn’t spoil,
for there were too many blessings to remember,
and as my weary self pondered a lifetime’s artifacts
it was the heartfelt tokens I treasured.
Escaping, I drove where the past couldn’t go
though memories survived,
and as I left behind the familiar and headed home
I realized I’d silenced the pain and kept the love alive.
©April 2014, Christina Anne Hawthorne