Ribbons and threads (a poem)

Another true story.

At the end of the movie
they have to give us
The Big Reveal

All threads must be
neatly tied
and trimmed just so

No questions left
everything making sense
complete satisfaction

But in the middle
of a long, fraught summer
that was the last thing
on anyone’s mind

I drove the grey ribbon
from end to end
and back again
and then again and again

The whole time
keeping an eye on Time—
this time no friend of mine

Sometimes
there is no satisfaction—
no choice but to let things be

And sometimes
the mystery’s better—
I can make it what I want it to be

So in those last weeks and months
of the long, fraught summer
I let threads fray and dangle
and remain untied

Exactly the way she left them
before the fade to black

(7 December 2020—posted December 8th)


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