March 12, 2013 § 3 Comments

the opportunity to dwell
on their conversations
has passed
and, as often the case
not much time
was spent doing so
when time was
right for the doing
without benefit of glossary
we try to reconstruct
the foundation
on which
we’ve built ourselves
we chink the spaces
between stones
with narrative designed
for our own children
we stir the fire
we thatch the roof
we stock the shelves
we know
there will be empty rooms
where we will wait
for that elusive chance to ask
if they understood
what we meant
when we said

(c) 2013 Fred Whitehead


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