Chrysalis

sammill.chalk

It is not the absence

so much as missed
presence
once-knitted fabric
ripping
here on
screen & life’s pattern around
our house – my heart’s beating
still
continues, seemingly
unheeding
           familiarity
resetting as quiet background hum –
white noise, then, to mark this
calibrating
default –
dull murmuring : see here!
emptied drawers, unfinished
notebooks, all revealed as
discards; fleeting
images arise like emergent
nuance, merely
lacewings, husk-like &
spent
outgrown
out of reach knowledge
barely acquired, and a lesson
well learnt to
savour these moments,
even tears
what’s unravelled took more
than 20 years
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