The Light Remembered

Richard Maghirang

In the passenger seat,
The haze of melancholy and
The impressionism
Of a drizzle-stippled windshield,
Glad memories shining through
Like brake lights,
Until I stir and say,
Do you remember the time—
And you do.
And you ask me in kind,
As if fidelity
Were a kaleidoscope
we shared.

Richard Maghirang is a Filipino-Italian writer who lives in Illinois, where he makes a living as a Research Analyst. He is the first place winner of the 2023 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award for Illinois Emerging Writers, and his work has also appeared in Willow Review.