Remembering you
Bittersweet occupation
On the best of days

And heart wrenching
On those tenuous days
Like today

You are in the clouds
That drift by on a
Warm summer day

You are in the birdsong
That cheerfully calls
From the branch up above

You are in the violin
That serenades me
From within the orchestra

You are the sound
Of a child’s laughter as they
Run through the sprinkler

You are in the words
Of the book that I am reading
As the heroine speaks

You are in the hug
Of my best friend as she
Holds me close

You are
And … nowhere

Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. She is a newly published poet with more than 300 poems published in 2022 and 2023. Jennifer’s poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Ravens Perch, HaikUniverse, Haiku Corner, Cold Moon Journal, Scarlet Dragonfly and The Haiku Foundation.