X marks the spot
where the energy ran out,
the moment when the tide turned
and water ebbed instead of flowing.
A place… a time…the sudden scent
not of presence, but of absence.
The absence of movement,
noise, of that other body
that once walked the rooms,
floors, opening and shutting doors,
windows, a robin’s whistle,
a thrush’s trilled song…
gone now, gone, all gone.
We drift through silent sadness,
avoid each other’s eyes,
sit with our heads in our hands
or knit our fingers together
in desperate gestures
that express our emptiness,
the emptiness of an empty nest…
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2 thoughts on “Empty Nest”
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Luckily it was only the painter – I projected his absence into and onto the Empty Nest syndrome. Our nest is full of new paint and unhung paintings! And sunshine – I mustn’t forget that!