Where Are You Now

Amanda Tumminaro

Gravity never kept you grounded.
I swore you piloted those planes
so near to those heavenly bodies.
But, I wonder, where are you now?
Are you alright?
Are you off the stuff?

You come crashing down with a thud
even in daylight all was black.
I was too little to provide you with the stars,
so Ma gave us a peach pie to share.
Where are you now?
Are you off the stuff?

I’ve got your Bible
and ma has your old wallet.
You are my memory, a phantom,
a ghost that rests in repose.
Where are you now?
Are you off the stuff?


Amanda TumminaroAmanda Tumminaro’s poetry has appeared in Cottonwood, Spoon River Poetry Review and Freshwater, among others. She is also a big fan of music, some of her favorite artists being The Beatles, Jewel, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Her first poetry chapbook, The Flying Onion, will be released through The Paragon Journal as of April 2018.