I was, at best, a mediocre student in high school and college. After college, I studied creative writing with Henry Taylor, Frederick Barthelme, and John Barth. They taught me a lot. My books are Sunset at the Hotel Mira Mar (Infinity Publishing, 2011) and Strange Encounter at the Shakespeare Motel (Finishing Line Press, 2015).
What I Remember
It’s hot and humid. We are all alone
out here, in back, to garden for an hour.
Somewhere, far off, I hear a mower’s drone
and catch the fragrance of a distant flower.
Too bad our marigolds don’t smell as sweet.
I get down on my hands and knees to press
my nose into the flowers at your feet.
And, looking up, I see your swirling dress.
Did I think things would always be like this—
a yard, a house, some grass, a place to play—
a summer afternoon, a mother’s kiss—
or did I know it all would fade away?
Before you knelt to plant those marigolds,
I wound myself into your dress’s folds.
©2016 Herbert S. Guggenheim