Moving On
by Tricia Marcella Cimera

Don’t go back.
If you move —
move on
stay gone.
If you go back
to visit
to take a
“sentimental journey”
to find your people
your lighted streets
your lost youth
whatever you hope
to reclaim
you will stand
like a ghost
in your former town
with your former friends
outside your former world
and see how life
has gone on
so easily
so completely
without you.
Without you.
Move on.

PHOTO: Sonnenberg, Germany.


NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I learned at the age of nine —  after we moved away from Sonnenberg, Germany — that you can’t go home again.  My dad was a Czech immigrant and child of World War II who understood that particular sorrow.  Despite that hard lesson, I have gone back to Sonnenberg many times, the last in 2010.  It’s my place, the little town I grew up in.  It has stayed very much the same and yet the moment we moved away, it seemed to move away from me, never to be reclaimed exactly as I knew it.  I go there to visit my dearest friends Renata and Dieter.  It’s a ritual that we look through every photo album (there are many) that Dieter has lovingly created before, during and after our two familes’ eight years together.  I always feel a sharp pang when I disappear from the photographs after a certain point.  Always.

PHOTO: The author (right) with Renata, Sonnenberg, Germany (April 2010).

Cimera Author Photo

Tricia Marcella Cimera
will forever be an obsessed reader and lover of words. Look for her work in these diverse places: Buddhist Poetry Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Foliate Oak, Fox Adoption, Hedgerow, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Mad Swirl, Silver Birch Press, Stepping Stones, Yellow Chair Review, and elsewhere. She has a micro collection of water-themed poems called The Sea and a River on the Origami Poems Project website. Tricia believes there’s no place like her own backyard and has traveled the world (including Graceland). She resides with her husband and family of animals in Illinois/in a town called St. Charles/by a river named Fox. She grew up in Germany, Italy, Massachusetts, and Iran before her family moved back to Illinois from whence they came.