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there are reasons why we don’t go in There

there are reasons why we don’t go in There.
cobwebs of old tunes, lost lyrics, memories
seldom forgotten, but remembered, with

much trepidation. those dark corners are
reserved for days when the rain falls, or
the days when the lonely leaves call,

or the days when the sand vanishes
from beneath my feet – sucked out to sea
by the fingerless waves. we simply do not

go in There. unless we choose to close
the door behind us and let the creaking hinges
do their work. memories flash like a snow

storm of Polaroids. all is dark save the
green glow of my watch. sending the
tiniest sparks of light bouncing off of

your eyes, somewhere out there, in the
dark of the closet. we pressed a towel
up against the floor to snuff out any

unwanted beams. we don’t want to
see while we are in here. the hanging
coats would bring memories alive. and

those would bring pain. so rather, we huddle
against the back wall, last winters garments
tickling our foreheads as we hover over

the green Indiglo watch i bought last summer.
last summer, when the floor boards all
fell apart, and we had to rebuild this

house from the dirt up. all of it brand
new, except for this dark closet. there
are reasons why we don’t go in There.

but on days like today, we do.

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6 thoughts on “there are reasons why we don’t go in There

  1. Oh…I think we can all if were honest find our own version of “There”…but some of us never want to return to see what’s still in “There.” Really enjoyed this poem.

  2. I used to date a murder cop. He said he had so many doors in his brain that were never ever opened. I know you weren’t writing about that, but it brought images of those doors to me. I love the way you zig and zag with language.

    Pearl

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