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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Never Forget

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It never really goes away, does it?
Some mornings I wake up and forget
for a little while
But sooner or later
the skipped heartbeat comes
and with it, the realization
that nothing has changed.

Constant companion
never invited but
arrived with suitcases nonetheless
establishing squatter's rights in the bloodstream.

We lie down at night;
it is the space between us.
We hold hands in the sunlight;
it is the shadow overhead.
We float in the ocean;
it is the undertow that pulls us out to sea.

We are never alone now
It is with us always,
lurking like a lie,
waiting to come crashing down
Crushing
us.

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sunday Mini Challenge, Claribel Alegria

14 comments:

Mama Zen said...

"establishing squatter's rights in the bloodstream"

I love that.

grapeling said...

picked the same line as MZ, and "it is the space between us" ~

grapeling said...

picked the same line as MZ, and "it is the space between us" ~

Enigma said...

Very vivid and gripping. Loved it.

Grace said...

I love that whole stanza starting with "We lie down at night..." Very deep emotional response LM ~

Thanks for linking up with Sunday's Challenge and wishing you happy week ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

Constant companion
never invited but
arrived with suitcases nonetheless
establishing squatter's rights in the bloodstream....

Gosh, this sums up sorrow so masterfully and with an economy of words.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

well said. simple yet emotional. word economic yet poignant

Helen said...

Love this ... squatter's rights in the bloodstream a really great line.

Karen S. said...

Wow, I am riding your words, and as vivid as the undertow, (I remember them as a child) a deeply moving piece.

Margaret said...

squatters rights - what an amazing line. Yes, there is sometimes no escape - just a learning to live with it….

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Gillena Cox said...

enjoyed yours very much, i posted mine today

http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2014/07/1471.html

much love...

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Mynx said...

Wow. Brilliant imagery. Haunting