Why I’d Look Back

by Cynthia Pratt

A photo of a stone figure on a rocky and desolate plain and a cloudy sky

To Lot’s Wife

Perhaps it was the vase handed down from my mother
or maybe the albums of my children’s photos:
my son’s toothless grin, my daughter’s Brownie vest
with pins of achievement, children growing year by year.
Even me, in my First Communion dress white as grace.

Would I look back one more time, thinking of my ancestors,
their graves solid next to each other? To each, I would bring
every year flowers, daisies, forget-me-nots, maybe a California
poppy mixed in.   The last sight I’ll see of their connection.

Cynthia Pratt is a founding member of Olympia Poetry Network. Besides appearing in several journals and anthologies, Pratt’s manuscript, Celestial Drift¸ was published in 2017. She was a former Councilmember for the last 12 years. She was named the first Poet Laureate of Lacey beginning in 2022.

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