Found: Fiction & Poetry Anthology

In the Beginning

by Sara Toruno-Conley

  Fall 2012 Fiction & Poetry Anthology  |  Contents  |  Authors  |  |  Growing Neurons in the Desert    Mother's Aftermath


The first sign was your handwriting.  Like a child’s
it slanted left then right, letters unevenly placed,
lines falling off.  The endearing attempt made.

Everything else was normal.
You drove by yourself 433 miles, sometimes along the coast.
You maneuvered up hills casually taken for granted,
created self-portraits along the cliffs, ate at cafes,
ordered exactly what you wanted.

Life is easy at this stage.  Handwriting is hardly used,
barely noticed.  Words
are still pronounced easily, you recall names
of childhood friends and solve complex formulas,
problems left finished.
We barely noticed.


end of poem

© 2012, Sara Toruno-Conley Growing Neurons in the Desert