This Year of Our 20th Reunion for the class of 2001 Childhood is a place of ghosts. People and places passing onward like sunflowers uprooted from a field, existing only in hazy shards of memories. Who any of us were back then is lost to time, having been swept up in our brand new lives replete with mistakes and successes, careers, children, and spouses, motorcycles, cars, and houses, new last names and nicknames. What is there to return to except ourselves now polished into priceless, shining gems by the rivers of our relationships? What spark of childhood do we wish to rekindle? Long lost friends shall run to embrace because it may be the last time we see their face. Does it really matter who’s the richest, who got famous, or the best dressed? What youthful dreams do we seek to inhale? What words will rise from within our souls that we just couldn’t say two decades ago? What moments do we wish to reminiscence, and what pain would we rather stay buried? Whether those far off years were filled with camaraderie or the depths of hell, no matter who you are now, I wish you all well.
D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of thirteen books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies worldwide.