The Lost Country

Fall 2013 • Vol. 2, No. 2

issn 2326-5310 (online)

Looking Back

By Sarah Brown Weitzman

This work was published in the Fall 2013 issue of The Lost Country. You may purchase a copy of this issue from us or, if you prefer, from Amazon.

I meant to return long before this
but in looking back we learn too much
of loss and I dreaded that.

Now going through the house
and my parents’ lives
too revealed by what they saved

and what they left behind
for me to find, I feel nothing
but pain for the past

trying to understand
how I fell so short of what I intended
to do with my life.

How life twists and turns
against us. How a childhood
is not really understood

until it is lived a second time
in memory. How wonderful
and how terrible

it seems now
because it is gone
and because it was mine.