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When 'Forever' Really Felt Like It
Jana Kalina

When I was a kid,
I didn’t know when summer was —
didn’t know that solstice
was the beginning of its end;
hours of daylight
in which to play
filled the cares of our lives,
folded over each other
like soft ice cream overflowing
its cone. Mouthwatering
anticipation conditioned by the truck’s
tinkling sounds — a music box on wheels
that could be heard
winding its way through the neighbourhood,
approaching slowly like adulthood
— a tantalizing promise
much sweeter from afar.
Such creamy-white coolness,
still refreshing —
but richer now
for the memories of days
when calendars
were just pretty pictures —
not a measure
of the seconds of our lives
© by Jana Kalina.
Used with the author’s permission.



Jana spent her childhood picking wild blueberries and mushrooms in the ancient hills of Bohemia. She then moved to Australia, where it was really hot, then to Canada, which was a blessing for the avid naturalist and animal lover. After earning her degrees, Jana freelanced and worked at a few newspapers, eventually switching to social services and the educational system. Life in Victoria, BC, with a terrific husband and two wonderful — but uncooperative — wired-haired basset hounds, provides her with ample access to natural spaces all year round. Jana's conversion to poetry was sudden and complete. She's working on her first book manuscript.


Post New Comment:
To live forever and not count the days.
Posted 06/26/2012 12:27 AM
Wilda Morris:
Well put! A wonderful poem.
Posted 06/20/2012 07:01 AM
so, so true...and beautiful... Sharon Auberle
Posted 06/20/2012 05:28 AM

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