Poems and Poetry

Back to Alaska | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Happened 40 years ago
senior year of college
they were engaged
to marry in June
till he dropped her off
one night at the dorm
and she said something

He can’t remember
what she said but he
moved to Alaska
married another
she married another too
they had nice families
beautiful children

Widowed now they meet
at the class reunion
she’s a lovely woman
and likes him still
they dance and she says
she saved his ring
would he like it back

It’s a keepsake, he says
tells her to keep it
He can’t remember
what she said that night
at the dorm but he feels
the same pain again
and gets in his truck
it’s home to Alaska

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