6:1: “Scrapbook”, by Karen A. Romanko

6:1: “Scrapbook”, by Karen A. Romanko
Photos of my life-
but not
slid in sideways
from other dimensions-
fake husbands and false kids,
trips I never took,
jobs I didn’t hold

Snapshots of myself-
but not
smothering real life
with pretend possibilities,
false promises,
chimeras that can’t be captured
on this mortal plane Images of my fate-
but not
ersatz epitaphs
on gossamer stones,
testaments to lives of worth,
if only they’d survived
and hadn’t been stillborn

Karen A. Romanko has seen over 100 of her poems and short stories published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Lone Star Stories, The Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, and Full Unit Hookup. Her first poetry collection, Raven’s Runes: Equations in Time, was released by Sam’s Dot Publishing in 2004. She also edits and publishes the speculative fiction and mystery e-zine Raven Electrick.

“Scrapbook” was one of those ideas that just stopped by for a visit one day. What if you opened a scrapbook and found pictures of your lives in other dimensions? It wasn’t a particularly dark idea, but as the poem progressed, it seemed to want to be more about missed opportunities, so I let it have its way.

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