Josh Medsker’s writing has appeared in many publications, including: Contemporary American Voices, The Brooklyn Rail, The Review Review, Haiku Journal, and Red Savina Review. For a complete list of Mr. Medsker’s publications, please visit his website. (www.joshmedsker.com)
Planctus for My Youth
(After Elizabeth Bishop)
I still think of you, in dark times
The skins I have shed, bold
and fragile alike, trail behind me
ribbons of memory—
Shorter now, having been hooked on
this pain or that, torn away, leaving
ragged edges, but still there.
Used to be that a song could
set everything right side up
with a chord
change or word
Please let me be that free again.