From Writing Notebook 2021.
our business is concluded
slides the papers into her bag
snaps it shut
a sharp click I feel in my own hand
as if I had been the one
to grasp the metal clasp
the vibration of that sharp finality
traveling up my fingers
9 thoughts on “Closure”
I feel it, too!
I remember playing with my mother’s purses when I was small and clicking them open and shut over and over because I like the feel and the sound of it so much. Somehow it has become the sensation I feel when I know something is finished, that hard snap.
Interesting. I don’t think I have a sound associated with that.
Either that or the click a door latch makes (but not all of them do the right sound, it’s a certain hard click).
Yes, I can imagine the sound.
Thank you. I think the sound of a clasp shutting like this is the sound of finality.
I think your use of onomatopoeia and single syllable words is really effective here in contributing to the send of an abrupt and terse and final interaction.
Thank you. Ever since childhood I have thought of the sound of a purse clicking shut is the literal and figurative sound of closure. I used to play with my mother’s purses and I liked to open and shut them over and over because the sound was so appealing to me and I loved the hardness and finality of it.
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