although my kids are
grown and on their own now
they live here, still

the memories of
blanket forts and bedtime stories
and their tender hearts

echo through the
empty rooms where they
once cuddled teddies

when I see them now
they hold those children close
inside themselves

to me
they’ll always partly be
those little kids


Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Ravens Perch, HaikUniverse, Haiku Corner, Cold Moon Journal, Scarlet Dragonfly and The Haiku Foundation.