Nostalgia - M.J. Iuppa

Driving in a hilly countryside, she gazes upon the thick woods, rising on either side. She
sees a thin strand of smoke leaking from a small gap in the ridge and wonders who lives
there in this remoteness. Did someone stake their claim by stopping at the side of the road,
abandoning their rusted gold-toned Impala, with 250,000 miles, and a map of New York
State in the glove compartment for a piece of this mountain’s legend? Would she be happy,
following the deer trail to a clearing among a stand of pines? Looking down into the valley
where the lake sits calmly, bluer than the sky, there are women in straw hats harvesting
concord grapes. She watches their careful work. Bees appear out of nowhere, sparking in the
warm moist air above the full wooden crates. Everything gleams in the flash of light. Her
memory ‒ unresolved. Can she find that small gap in the ridge and disappear?

M.J. Iuppa’s fifth full length poetry collection The Weight of Air from Kelsay Books was released in September 2022; and, a chapbook of twenty-four 100-word stories, Rock. Paper. Scissors. will be, forthcoming from Foothills Publishing in 2022.  For the past thirty-three years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.