Held In Memory

Photo credit @Al Forbes

Held In Memory
by T. Delaplain

I slide into the backseat, lie on my back and imagine the moonlight. I’m assaulted with longing so intense that it can only be desire. The taste of your breath lingers still. I run my hand over the discolored upholstery. I can almost smell the vanilla ice cream mishap: kids and dogs and chaos.

My tears cloud the rear view mirror again. We followed you to the graveyard, this chariot and I. A hundred years of holding space tethered by a thousand memories. I’m not trapped or lost. I have found my heaven, here amongst the litter of memories.


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41 thoughts on “Held In Memory

  1. Well done. I felt so sad.

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  2. A sad tale. Good use of the prompt. It’s amazing how we attach memories of all sorts to the cars we’ve had in the past.

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  3. Sad, tragic. “Vanilla ice cream”mishaps. Funny about what makes you angry at the time that, in retrospect, becomes a beloved memory.

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  4. That was exquisite, Tracey. I don’t feel sad at all… memories are fabulous to have.

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  5. It’s the details that make this work so well, like the ice-cream mishap

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  6. This is wonderful. So many memories captured in the confines of a car.

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  7. michael1148humphris

    Very nicely done,

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  8. So sad. But, so sweet, too.

    Aces, Doc! 🙂


  9. Dear Tracey,

    This brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written.



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  10. “among a litter of memories”. loved it.

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  11. Very sad. It’s time to let go after all this time, I think.

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  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    This was a very moving story. Well written.

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  13. beautifully written. this is one of your best.

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  14. “Memories . . . pressed between the pages of my mind.” Please stop me before I sing the next line.

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  15. Oh my word! This is so beautifully sad.

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  16. Beautifully written. Whether inanimate objects, a piece of music, a saying it’s the memories that are important and if these things trigger them, they’re important too.

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  17. I’m the worst when it comes to attributing historical persona to inanimate objects. I enjoyed this.

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  18. I, too, liked the ice cream mishaps – it created a vivid picture.

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