Poetry The Read More Project

Saudade by Melissa Ashley Hernandez

Photo by Ravi Palwe on Unsplash

If I could, I would bottle the sound
of a Game Boy startup, the way safety
scissors glide through construction paper,
the shutter of a Polaroid camera,
the kshhh of a spinning yoyo,
and create a perfume
to spray on my pillow
to remind me
of it, like an old love
that left on good terms.

I would savour the notes of my morning
sandwich in Dad’s teal ‘95 Corolla as
Fresh Air played on the radio,
the memory of the roller rink’s
jazz cup walls performing their blacklight dance,
the joyful jingle of an ice cream truck.

Hourglass time never falling up,
no longer dumping Lego on our carpets
or hoping we can get the Crayola 64 count.
The bike spoke still ticks.
Our crayons still lay forgotten
in a white-lidded Tupperware container
in the attic with the rest of our childhood.

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The Odds Against a Starry Cosmos explores the intimacy of human relationship and growth against the backdrop of the natural world, moving through moments of grace, brokenness, and wonder.

Published by Perennial Press

About the Author

Melissa is a Latinx writer and the author of The Love in Between (2021). She is the founding Editor in Chief of The Minison Project and an editor for Versification’s THE REJECTS. You can
find her poetry published in The Daily Drunk Magazine, Versification Zine, and Dwelling Literary, as well as Fahmidan Magazine and The Minison Zine. Her prose can be found in collections by Cemetery Gates Media and Kandisha Press.

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