Original Writing

EXODUS: (n) departure, exit (poem)

………

the rover parked out front

………your favourite jacket on the back of the door

pink haze sunset behind terraced rows, red-brick

………long drives across english countryside accompanied

by punjabi folk songs, Sassi’s heartache and

………silence fills time between cassette changes

an exuberant three year old behind the steering wheel

………turning the corner into a cul-de-sac, home.

the rover parked out front

………rare rituals of bed-time stories, games, and giggles

trickling outdoors afloat an indigo sky

*

the rover parked out of sight

………grazed elbows and knees, injuries sustained in snow

cold mingled with memories with hurt with grief

………………………………unfurls

like breathing ‘O’ into february air

gathers again.
lingers in the heart.
refuses to thaw.
bleeds.

*

the rover set alight and
the jacket gone
the summer of discontent but
the weather? gorgeous
one final consolation before
the onset of eternal winter

………………………….exodus.

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