Inconsolable Time



Time undoes itself

like an old man

who struggles to recall

why he left the house,

so he returns home

baffled and incomplete.

Each moment contains

its own distractions—

a turning away,

as if embarrassed

to be recognized

as someone else.

There is no time

to recoup, other

than what remains:

a gathering, like lovers

holding each other

against the dark

longing not to be alone.


(April 16, 2018)

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