That summer – a poem by M.S. Rooney

“A happiness within you – but not yours.”
– Dag Hammarskjöld

That summer,

beneath a blue-white sky,
we ran along the river,
crushed thick grasses and vines
beneath our feet
as we searched for a way
to cross to the other side, to find
what we could not see
yet had somehow caught
and changed our hearts.

Sometimes our deepest love
speaks in a foreign tongue
we must translate
without key.


M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Leaping Clear, Ekphrasis, Heron Tree, Naugatuck River Review and Soul-Lit, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See (FutureCycle Press), edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and Ice Cream Poems (World Enough Writers), edited by Patricia Fargnoli. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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