caroline johnstone

What Remains

Some days will be spaces
to pour volcanic grief
in to hollows, but
at different times and different
places you might find yourself
on the tedium of old paths
picking and poking your way
though valleys of the past
where you stir up the ashes
of ancient wounds, sift through fragments
of the bones of the pain that remains,
your tears—a wave of geese
over and over
and over—


caroline johnstone (she/her/hers) grew up in northern ireland and now lives in scotland with a husband who rolls his eyes often and asks “what’s next?” she is passionate for social justice and peace, and about fairness, kindness and that life is not a dress rehearsal. she is a poet and author. in 2019, she won the waterways storymaking festival, imprint writing awards, beyond borders round III competition, and was long-listed for the over the edge new writer of the year. in 2020, she was mentioned with honors in the cinnamon pencil award.