Let’s wonder about other things

I question the transience of the past. I question its
existence. Doesn’t the past exist, even after it
doesn’t? Isn’t the present, the after-life of the past —
the ghostly chill that shimmers, feet-less, around
graves, in the moonlight? I struggle with tenses. We
made love. Fervent love. Now that love is an
apparition in white. Or we are. Verbs transmogrify
into waiting. Love resurrects in a purgatory of its
own creation. Let’s wonder about other things —
things we told each other, things we told ourselves,
things that were never true. What happens to lies
when they cross time-fences? How will the unreal
survive its not-being? You tell me. I can feel your
fingers scorch my skin. I tell myself I am dreaming.
I tell myself reality undid itself that night. You
tell me which tense it is – that unspoken goodbye?

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34 thoughts on “Let’s wonder about other things

  1. Love it. Impactful, compelling lines of poetry. ‘Isn’t the present, the after-life of the past’ … that will stay with me, I know.


  2. We are told to learn from the past amd so we should, for mistakes are often seen afterthe event but sadly we are a species these days that consider profit first before protection of the Earth’s seas, lands, forests,and wildlife so long as a good profit can be made. Soon those with all the money will consider their fellow humans as animals too…good luck with that.


  3. Good question poetically posed. I remember when I got married thinking “married” had the word die and dead right in it and that it was more an ing word: marrying, ongoing.


  4. Wow, this is wonderful. It speaks to all the things a person could wonder about in regard to the end of a love…the way a relationship was built and the way a relationship unraveled. And oh yes, the unspoken good-bye is a powerful conclusion to this poem!


  5. Only water words poured by a poet can get here, seeping beyond time into the vaster reservoir beyond where love and eternity are limitless — Tortured way to applaud maybe but your enquiries matter and endure.


  6. I really like this piece. The present as only a ghost of past moments. How do we lay it to rest? Can we do that? Must we always drag its remnants with us? All these questions and more…


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