I was here by Walter Bjorkman

Your father was killed in a different war than my past lover.

Otherwise, we would feel the same about this personal one that you say we will, must get into — for you feel that you have a noble cause deep within that you think I also have, but that I do not, cannot possess.

Everything happens for a reason, you say, there are no coincidences.

This might happen, or not, I say, there are no no coincidences.

I will meet you tonight and we will finally have this out and you will see you will never leave, you said.

I am here, what happened to you?


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11 responses to “I was here by Walter Bjorkman

  1. I can read this so many ways, Walter. It intrigues me, the characters drawn by this impasse. Nice!

  2. These crossing trajectories right in the first line – as vivid as if visible – electric conduit cables from the past to now (where they intersect), and as it proves: beyond. You’ve set up the dichotomy succinctly and beautifully. I love especially “there are no no coincidences.” The ending catches me completely unawares – swift and devastating. Terrific, powerful piece.

  3. the first and last lines are winners. way to go, walt.

  4. i like the form. as i read on i thought “how logical”. algebra of losses. enjoyed.

  5. thanks for this one. the lines made me think of those zen stories, asking to be read and read again, not giving an easy answer.

  6. Kim Hutchinson

    “there are no no coincidences” That thought will stay with me a long time.

  7. That last line was a shocker… Wow. Nice one.

  8. I liked the form of this Walt, and the last line was like a sucker punch to the gut.

  9. Walter

    Thanks, folks. Seems like the ones that think something must happen are often the reason it doesn’t . . .

    appreciate the readings!!

  10. that first line so sets the stage. gives me chills, actually. you have such a gift for balancing tension in dialogue/inner monologue. peace…

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