Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Little Rock Train Station: 1944

Janice Krasselt Tatter

This was what it was like during the war.
My mother told me
she has no picture
of that one soldier alone
on the platform. From shadows
then into light, he moved suddenly
like the past assuming the present.
He lit her cigarette.
When he asked for a kiss
she closed her eyes without thinking.


Janice Krasselt Tatter has an M.A. in English from Ohio University. Her book of poetry REMEMBERING THE TRUTH was published in 2006 by Temenos Publication. Her poems have appeared in various journals such as Southern Hum, Red River Review, and Telegraf. She has lived in Arkansas most of her life.

© Janice Krasselt Tatter

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