Nicholas Montemarano is author most recently of If There Are Any Heavens. He is the Alumni Professor of Creative Writing and Belles Lettres at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennslyvania.

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My Mother Speaks to Me From the Afterlife

by Nicholas Montemarano 06-06-2024
A poem.
The illustration shows a man looking out a big window at a woman and a child dancing under a tree in the grass.

Illustration by Haley Jiang

I was welcomed home by the me
I’d always tried to be—
more rainbow than thunderclap,
no more worry-do-worry-do.