So remind me: how did the companionable silence flow between us? Describe, if you can, the way the current burnished the sharp rocks, settled the roiling sediment onto the stream bed. That gentleness escapes me. So many things written down never happened, so many tides never turned to wash away words scratched in sand and memory.
Jeannie Prinsen lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches an online course in essay writing at Queen’s University. Her writing has appeared in Reckon Review, Relief, Juniper Poetry, and elsewhere.