This time last year

The shadows are falling the same as they were last year
The early summer calm sounds the same as it did last year
As it did at this same time last year, when the babies died
When the babies died, and the mama grieved for days.

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 May 27th

Grieving to the marrow

GRIEF twists the heart
and contorts the mind
carves the spirit hollow
wrings the past to tears
torrentially obscuring future
LOVE saturates memory
until sorrow overflows
into every pore of present
ALL you can feel is emptiness
and a lump in the throat
platitudes no consolation
but living on nonetheless

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 March 2nd

Chasing the past

Chasing the past, I stumbled into the future.

—Terri Guillemets, 1995 May 12th

This was the very first of my own personal quotes I added to The Quote Garden. Years later, it was used in a television show called Being Erica — season 1, episode 3, “Plenty of Fish,” 2009. Dr. Tom says towards the end of the episode, “Chasing the past, she stumbled into the future.” I’ve only seen that one snippet of the show, but apparently his character is known for spouting quotes. Pretty cool! –tg, 2015