Cauldron Anthology Issue 6 - LGBTQIA+ Cauldron Anthology LGBTQIA+ - Page 25

Woman in the Archives Berta Morgan You did not go away. I smell your scent here Among the faded books And crumbling manuscripts. I feel your companionable touch On my shoulder As I carefully turn the pages of your letter from Elizabeth. I see you considering your reply To her letter Laughing at the joke she made about her Dean. You chose the violet ink And lavender paper, now yellowed And lost in some other room like this At Vassar or Wellesley, or perhaps Chicago Where the others linger. But you are here Waiting as though you knew I’d come Looking for you, Reading your half-finished sentences Ferreting out your secrets. Piecing together a life long forgotten. A life like mine. Cauldron Anthology 25