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the departed
unknown

nothing but
 1
the ticks
 2
of the clock
 3
to interrupt
 4
the night.
 5
 
 
voicemail is full
 6
preserves condolences
 7
dust outlines what was halted
 8
final moves
 9
and a cockroach
 10
roams with no fear.
 11
 
 
there used to be life here.
 12
colors and voices.
 13
light. promise.
 14
before death broke in
 15
unexpectedly
 16
and ransacked everything.
 17
 
 
the microwave
 18
lightbulbs
 19
the fan
 20
the only witnesses
 21
who saw everything
 22
never mourn
 23
are all that have
 24
moved on.
 25
 
 
life is lived forwards
 26
and understood
 27
backwards
 28
kierkegaard said.
 29
 
 
but this morning
 30
I am frozen
 31
eyes filled
 32
with the deceased
 33
the lines on my face
 34
a prison.
 35

4 Nov 18


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Very good poem. I liked how the appliances are the mourners and that this person was a hermit (as I understood it). Death affects us all differently and this clearly speaks to pain and loss. I like the reference to the cockroach moving without fear and the dust outlines. It speaks to still frames of the things leftover once death has "ransacked". The end wraps up that the pain is a prison that draws lines on the face and the eye fills with memories. Very well done. Makes me sorry for your loss.
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