wonderous journeys
your essence holds portals
steel tracks no compass can escape
pine forests torn open by lightening
salty oceans weathering storms

after epic expedition
I remember
buoyant canoes
butterflies wisp away
ghosts whisper
outside speeding train
empty seats snooze
in lonely Greyhound
cowboy hat Nancy Drew
rucksack bouncing springs
only companions

faithful pilgrimages
I have sauntered
explored the world with you
seemed to know
in split second
that it would be a moment
I’d want to keep

I dream perchance
to tread once more
familiar miles
a whimsical dream
that I may through travel
relive lodestone memories
to be there again
if only to pass the time with you

Marianne has taught music for 43 years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to Napa Valley and is published in various literary magazines and reviews including Ravens Perch, TWJM Magazine, Earth Daughters and Indiana Voice Journal. She was nominated for the Pushcart prize in 2017. She is a member of the California Writers Club and an Adjunct Professor at Touro University in California.