Irretrievable

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Irretrievable

How we grieve the simplest
truth: we are

the scatterings,

relics of
the mind’s
erosions,

less than the sum
of our bodies. I cannot see
the word

but it smokes like
the color green
burning, but not of
flame, and once

the knife enters
you must avoid
its secretion

and peel the flesh
to reveal
what hides within:

the stem’s
purchase, pith,
seeds,

the irretrievable
shape

of a word
my lips cannot
form.

***

“Irretrievable” first appeared in a slightly different form in Vayavya, in December 2013, and subsequently appeared here in April 2016..

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14 thoughts on “Irretrievable

  1. Synchronicity? Reading this about 10 minutes past a semantics snafu – communication scrambled in the conflict between “missed” and “abandoned”; emotions also scrambled. Perhaps would’ve been better with no word at all!

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