Fishing boats are anchored on the banks of the Han River in Danang, Vietnam on June 16. Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters

Like dog ears in a book,
My computer bookmarks
Take me back to places
I wish to see again.

My list of bookmarks
Is so long and so old that
I cannot remember why I ever
Wanted to read about kudzu.

A bookmark detective
Checking me out might
Wonder about poisonous snakes,
Or black bear dens.

Big dreams are found at
Country farm house plans
And smaller ones at
Gatlinburg rentals.

Pet supplies lie underneath
Tennessee Williams, right below
The good gift of fishing hole,
But who has time to fish?

With all these bookmarks
Beckoning me to re-explore,
And adding more, dog-earring
Has become a full-time chore.

Janie Dempsey Watts writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her short stories have been published in Southern Women's Review and in Blue Crow Magazine and also honored in the William Faulkner Pirate's Alley Creative Writing Contest. Her essays have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Guideposts magazine, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a columnist for Catoosa Life Magazine, in the county where she lives in Georgia. Her website is