What to do

on an evening like this
what to do but
swallow the sun
the whole mellow orb
just before it sets —
so the light turns
skin into glass
and the heart grows eyes
to look outside
and see what it could only feel

but watch how it learns
that the sky begins at
your feet
that distance measures
the weight of longing
that reality is designed
to disappoint even
the most tepid
imagination

what to do but
trace the hollow
of the moon
taste the air that once
held your name
and know how
one by one
inch by inch
shadows lengthen
inside you

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Hello 2022, I see you come with a Covid surge, night curfews, weekend restrictions and another wave of fear…  it’s like 2021 all over again… except, you are the kinder cousin… aren’t you? How are things in your neck of the woods, everyone? Stay safe!

23 thoughts on “What to do

  1. The last stanza feels like acceptance dancing with an inevitable goodbye. So much longing… and resignation.

    Around here things are a bit insane on the COVID front again. The number of infected keeps on going up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for effective treatments.

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  2. A beautiful write, and Covid continues to clutter the hospitals here as well. It seems never-ending and I resent that it is stealing my last years.

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  3. Restlessness and longing are probably enjoying a pandemic of their own. I know that both take their turn in my head and heart as I wonder if there will ever be a time we can refer to as “pst-pandemic”.

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