She may elude us or surprise, but working memory revels
in what truths she knows, if not those history will tell.
Her seven veils, in Ishtar allegory, suggest
all memory’s known lapses. Dancing, the houri will tell.
Time passes. Feelings fade, but a purgatory chastens
the day’s remains. Of a life, only the glory will tell.
Distractions press the busy mind. Hunted, the quarry scouts
where my keys are — only after the flavor of curry will tell.
Mistaken, I will think I saw your sneaking thievery, swear
to the court so, only to find your honest penury will tell.
She will sing as if a cheery canary, chide
me “listen well,” but something whiskered and furry will tell.
Bias expects ethnic hatred and rivalry to erupt,
but this is not at all what the merry soirée will tell.
Recurring dreams disturb sleep; wearing worry shows
in daylight phantoms. At last, the trauma registry will tell.
Without her, I am no more what once I was in story.
Of my forgotten life, what memento mori will tell.
SUZANNE NIEDZIELSKA lives in Glastonbury, CT. Since 2010, she works as freelance IT management consultant (www.tidepool-it.com), capping a 30-year career in public and private sector information technology. She has been exploring poetry since 1994, with a focus on cross-cultural forms, including the Middle Eastern ghazal and Japanese haiku/senryu. October 2014, she self-published “peach-hued: a collection of haiku and short forms” with the editorial assistance of Stanford M. Forrester, and publishes haiku/senryu regularly in New England Letters (of the Haiku Poetry Society of Western Massachusetts). Suzanne has published several ghazals in the online Ghazal Page, riffing on memory, music, mathematics, and other frames of reference that questionably unify a vast diversity of thought and experience. Well before her career in IT, Suzanne taught philosophy, the field in which she earned a doctorate from Fordham University (1979).