The Orange Room Review

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Moving On

by Leah Browning

The homesickness starts early,
before we’ve even left
or made plans to leave.
A longing in my gut,
that of strong hands wringing
water from a wet towel.
Each summer day, stretching
idyllic into the next, full
of green grass on bare feet
and children laughing
and calling to one another;
the shade trees and ducks
as we walk on the riverside,
sun shining silver and blue
on the water:
everything becomes
poignant, painful,
as if I am already just
remembering it.  Fondly,
but from a great distance.

LEAH BROWNING is the author of three nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in publications including Queen's Quarterly, 42opus, and Salome Magazine. In addition to writing, she serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review. Her website is located at