the residency of sorrow

the residency of sorrow

an unwanted housewarming

guests separated by six degrees

brought together to gaze down

a six foot depth

dressed in johnny cash funeral black

bearing gifts of

cala lillies and casseroles

they mill in the peripheral

the tendrils of a weeping willow

framing the hollow

a beautiful kind of heart break

an aching in the marrow

memories ignited like

want-ad kindling

a collective inhalation

carbon monoxide melancholy

that inspires the timeless melody

of a patsy cline song

that plays on the mind’s

record player

a bittersweet soundtrack

a constant reminder

of yesterday’s joy

of today’s pain

and tomorrow’s redemption

a. duncan, 2017

(in dedication, to c.h.)



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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

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