Nostalgia

...but
the garden
of thoughts kept moaning,
those breaths no longer warmed the
breeze.
Thus, awake the mind's remains.
Barren, tracing steps,
rose with the,
ash.



** oddquain butterflies - a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1.  Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made
up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.