Two poems | by Ann Christine Tabaka

​Scented Memories

Scented memories waft through the air.

Expectations widen the eyes of hope,

brushing away cobwebs from

the lost corners of time.

Synapses fire off as muted sounds

of distant voices manifest themselves

among the garbled words of blank faces.

History in reverse, snippets resurfacing,

if only for a moment.

That old chair seems familiar,

was it always there?

Grocery lists piled up on the table,

mixed in with last week’s mail.

Forgotten love letters reaching back

into the bottom drawers of an old credenza,

thread bare and finger worn.


Recollections play lost and found

in the recesses of shadowed dreams;

while the aromas of another time

make it all seem so close and real again,

if only for a short time.

The sweet memory of scent.

Last Wish

Lilacs on her grave

my mother’s last wish

an explosion of amethyst

emerging from her heart


the greenness of a spring

background now fading

as the widow’s bouquet

dies alongside her groom


resting against the marble stone

now my mother’s headboard

petals falling like the tears that

accompany my memory of her smile

sweet scented footsteps

through the garden

of a time so long ago

and my mother’s final words

“remember me when the lilacs bloom”



Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.


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