Sunday, April 7, 2019

After Words

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After Words

Some forgive
and disavow the pain,
ignore the slights and slurs,
deny the stain, cajoled  
to trusting leaves can ever turn,
while others live and yearn.

There’s no annulling words
once they’ve been cast.
You must merely refrain or
contend with the pain
 of untying knots
meant to last.

There’s no point
in ruing the blunder;
any judge in the county
can legally
put those bonds

Still, it seems
a terrible waste
when all that remains
is the aftertaste, and
an afterimage that still
can make you yearn

yet the more you live
the more you know
and enduring is
the only way to learn
how afterglow
can preface afterburn.

PSC / 2019-Apr

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