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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 resembles ashes
 8
outlines what was halted
 9
final moves
 10
and a cockroach
 11
roams with no fear.
 12
 
 
there used to be life here.
 13
colors and voices.
 14
light. promise.
 15
before death broke in
 16
unexpectedly
 17
and ransacked everything.
 18
 
 
the microwave
 19
lightbulbs
 20
the fan
 21
the only witnesses
 22
who saw everything
 23
never mourn
 24
are all that have
 25
moved on.
 26
 
 
life is lived forwards
 27
and understood
 28
backwards
 29
kierkegaard said.
 30
 
 
but this morning
 31
I am frozen
 32
eyes filled
 33
with the deceased
 34
the lines on my face
 35
a prison.
 36

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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