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What’s Remembered, What’s Forgotten, a poem by Martha Christina

What’s Remembered, What’s Forgotten

On the first day

of summer camp,

the counselor

introduces her two

newly-adopted sons,

biological brothers

from Brazil. They’re

6 and 7, old enough

to remember their

former lives.  

My son volunteers

that he is Inuit, and

recently new to our

family. I choose not 

to embarrass him, not

to contradict him with

my memory of his birth,

our bodies parting ways.

I leave him with his story

intact, a child’s imagined 

version of a different life, 

the true story of small boys, 

who remember the journey 

from before to now.

Martha Christina was born and raised in Indiana.  She earned a BA in Spanish from IU Bloomington, and married in Beck Chapel there.  She now lives in Bristol, RI, but considers herself a Hoosier-at-heart. She has published two full-length collections, Staying Found (Fleur de lis Press) and Against Detachment (Pecan Grove Press), both of which contain poems set in Indiana. Individual poems appear recently in Crab Orchard Review, Star 82 Review, and Tiny Seed Journal.