“This is your past calling.”

Even after twenty years away from Chicago, I recognized her voice. We had lived together for five years reading poetry and stories to each other on road trips. Now on my travels, she is with me in my mind.

“What have you been doing all these years?”

The line went silent. I waited, like being in the air from a high dive.

“You’re a successful writer, now. I always think about you.”

“Really? You met someone else before I moved to Arizona.”

“I know.”

I thought about Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.”




Mel Goldberg: I taught literature and writing in California, Illinois, Arizona and as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to Stanground College in Cambridgeshire, England. I quit my teaching position and moved to Sedona, Arizona to complete writing my first novel. Professional artist Bev Kephart and I bought a small motor home and traveled the US, Canada, and Mexico for seven years, working at RV parks for our space. My writing has been published online and in print in the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. My novels are available on Amazon. For more information visit wix.com/goldmiel/authormel.