Every so often when the wind blows just right
and carries the scent of the wild grey sea
there is a fleeting moment where I believe
so trustingly, so vividly,
that I am whole —
for one vibrant, joyful instant
between one heartbeat and another
I’ve forgotten they won’t be there
when I walk in the door.
And the emptiness that follows
is so much more vast and hollow,
its edges sharper, just from knowing
what that happiness could be.
Fija Callaghan is a writer and artist who believes in embracing the magic of everyday moments. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Bandit Fiction, Nightingale & Sparrow, Mythic Magazine, Green Ink Poetry, The Caterpillar, eucalyptus & rose Magazine, Dodging the Rain Poetry Journal, Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Steam Ticket, littledeathlit, Crow & Cross Keys, and Wyldblood Magazine. She lives between the seaside and the stars on a diet of dark chocolate and stories.