Thursday, July 25, 2024
HomeCulturePoetry‘those last minutes around the fire’ 

‘those last minutes around the fire’ 

those last minutes around the fire
after drying the dinner dishes
go quickly  I go slowly

inching the door shut
clinging to the helpful light …
ahead the dark passage to bed

a stingy flicker
from the street through
the pebble glass front door

skims three ivory monkeys
sitting cross legged and
arm in arm on the top ledge

of a cabinet midway …
and I reach them gasping
their faces rise before me still

two pairs of clever, sad and
puzzled eyes asking why
so nearly human yet not?


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