Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

The Problem with Polaroids

Alex Marie
Blue Bonnet Review's Instagram Poetry Contest Winner

 

I tore all of your letters
and dropped them in
a public mailbox;
home, for you, was a place
that I’d never been.

I've marked off a
fair percentage of that city with
thick
fragrant
permanent
x’s.
places you might be,
places I’ll never go.

I don’t remember the way
you looked at me
as well as I remember
the days you didn't
because the problem
with Polaroids
is that you always
closed your eyes, and I
noticed too late that those
were the only pictures of
us
where you smiled.