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Vanessa Watters – Amnesia

Vanessa writes that her poem, Amnesia was written while she stared out from her study-room window, focused on school and the trappings of societal life: ‘I felt thankful for the decision I made to move up to a small town in Mt. Hood, where I could still communicate through technology, besides the part time job I also keep. I found it necessary for me to live close to the natural world. It is where I have been able to replenish what was once a worn out soul, a kind of rejuvenation that only the wild can provide.’


When I remember that I need
fresh air to breathe—
not the stale, recycled city-

miasma that seeps even now 
into the suburbs but my 
mountain, pine-brushed air, 

atop layers of ripe plums that still 
cling to their trees—I peer across 
the sunlit grass and let my eyes 

embrace its wooded horizon. 
I take in the bird that flies 
over this vision, the handful 

of chimneys signaling 
their smokestacks from one acre 
to another, the mist that rolls 

down the surrounding hillsides, 
casted by a snow that beds 
the clouds. Then along the rows 

of steel-ropes that border the old 
road, my mind travels back to where 
I am bound to forget again.

Vanessa Watters

Vanessa Watters enjoys her small town life on Mt. Hood. She tends bar at one of the local establishments and plans to teach ESL online and at community colleges until she can find a position full time.

2 thoughts on “Vanessa Watters – Amnesia”

  1. I have only known Vanessa for a short time, but in that short time I have learned some life lessons from her. Vanessa’s poetry is amazing and I really cherish her soul , and I know she will go very far with her future and am very excited to be there with all of her growth. Vanessa has s much to offer our world 🌎❤. T

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