Gramp’s sad hunting shack,
a museum for beer cans,
decays by the pond,
sullenly permitting my inspection.

Exhaust fumes, oddly sweet,
as announced Mom’s arrival,
soon through the back door
having docked her Mercury.

Summer sweetheart, hid in the attic
among photos at the beach
where carousel songs
sang raucous in the sun.

Spun sugar, bought canalside
as the clock turns back
to the firemen’s fair
and the bugle band marching

Necessity requires letting go
of people and places
and pies and cookies
or whatever else was baking.

It is the old feelings
that we can freely revisit,
the imprints of an experience
brought forth by simple cues.

Separating from those
can be a difficult thing.
Difficult enough
and just maybe impossible.


Phil Huffy writes all manner of short poetry, often about things he has seen or thinks he has seen. Recent Placements include Oddball Magazine, Better Than Starbucks, The Lyric, Anapest and several haiku journals.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.