Listen | Marzelle Robertson

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Marzelle Robertson, a retired English teacher and school counselor, lives with her husband in East Texas. Her poems have appeared in Arts and Letters, Borderlands, The Comstock Review, Cyphers, The Evansville Review, First Things, and numerous other journals.  

 

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Sometimes you hold me with such intensity

as if the words we share might slip away

before we arrive at their meaning. You work

so hard to fix them permanently, as if on a page

where you write and erase until we say exactly

what you would have us to say.  Do you think

you have so much control? I remember trees,

the whispers among the leaves, our finest

lasting only a season, and those like the words

that we wish everyone would forget,

that were gathered, pressed, and preserved.