Academic journal article Hecate

Forget-Me-Not

Academic journal article Hecate

Forget-Me-Not

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mostly I remember the trip home that wet Friday night in the blue mountains train I remember a middle-aged lady a bit overweight who sat in the corner of the carriage opposite me I want to go home! I want to go home! she chanted all the way out through the suburbs and when I got off at my station how her eyes followed me so ravenously in this garden there are

tiny blue flowers everywhere amongst the tongues of old-fashioned bulbs and under the stunted fruit trees when the sun came up this morning the rain had stopped and the old light lit the nectarine and the azaleas like tomorrow on the skin of a downy green baby I remember that day

clearly I remember buttoning up my white camisole and the crisp underskirt and someone handsome saying You should just wear that! I remember my hair in torn-sheet rags like mission bandages (in the pictures it was buttercup -glossed on the curves of each curl) and when it was time to leave I slipped into the blue-sprigged dress with green flicks and oh how clean it smelt and picked a bunch of big white daisies that I tied with a floppy white ribbon that I found somewhere I remember when we parked

outside Saint Bonaventure's you were already there and worried that I wouldn't come there is a picture of me being fussed over by Mum she is pushing a strand of hair back from my childish collar but she looks as though she would rather have pushed me back in time and my big sister looks worried and small like she has arrived at the wrong wedding well it all happened and we came

out the other end of the sanctified Tunnel of Love and we drove down the mountains together - calling each other Mr and Mrs for the first time everything so plump it seemed and new as though we had emigrated to a smug green country called the Future and suddenly we could speak the language we stayed away for a week

and when we got back I was so sad! …

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