When I Was There

From the Collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

When I Was There

but of course
they’re only people
that is all
I fold them
into stacks of paper that
I tear and cross-tear

I make them
minute soft-edged squares
bright hot spots
I scatter over the street
wind-drifted driven

into piles
swept down the gutter
drenched by rain
sun-bleached pale –
I will never know or care
now that I’ve moved on

shadorma chain

4 thoughts on “When I Was There

  1. Oooh! I absolutely love this idea of turning people into confetti and sending them off with the wind. That really powerfully communicates that feeling of actively choosing to banish people from your life.

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