HAIR

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HAIR

I SMELLED YOUR HAIRBRUSH YESTERDAY,

JUST TO REMEMBER YOUR SMELL…

THE THRILL OF SEEING YOUR HAIR,

STILL SO VIBRANT AND SPRINGY,

WAS SUCH A SHOCK.

 

THEY COULD HAVE BEEN SHED YESTERDAY,

SO DIFFERENT TO YOUR ASHES…

WHICH ARE FINITE AND DESICCATED,

A FULL  STOP TO LIFE AND LIVING,

THE HAIR REMAINS THE SAME.

 

MY WILD-HAIRED EUSTACIA,

SO OFTEN STRIDING OUT IN WILD PLACES,

UNRULY AND UNKEMPT, EARNEST IN LOVE,

SO MUCH SO YOU OVERWHELMED ME,

I CHERISHED YOU LIKE A KITTEN.

 

JUXTAPOSED YOUR HAIR BECOMES AN EMBLEM,

IN DEATH JUST AS IN YOUR LIFE…

YOU TORTURED IT FOR HOURS,

TRYING TO FIND A SEMBLANCE OF FORM,

OUT OF THE MAELSTROM.

 

YOU LIVE IN THESE FEW GREY STRANDS,

AS YOU LIVE IN MY MEMORY,

HOPELESSLY ROMANTIC, A METONYM FOR ALL YOU LOVED,

THE WILD PLACES… HILLS AND LAKES AND SEA…

IN THESE I WILL ALWAYS FIND YOU.

 

DALE ‘M’

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