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by Maria Massarella

distracted me
forgot to salute you
when you were exhaling
your last breaths

if truth would that actions
speak louder than words then
mine wasn't really a
rather a constant
non-verbal salutation
every action a caressing your
ultimate presence
an honouring you with
simple classical moves
between tradition and
personal creativity as if
as if
the banquet were to be in
these rooms
impregnated with past

the fragrances of then mingle
with the
scents of now
I breathe you
seep through me tangible memory
transcending all
then escape in a fugitive exhale

no silentspeak nor physical absence
can trance time's symphony
winged to the love of light
in spaces where spirit ever plays
life's kiss leads
to dance
in tomorrow's wake



Author's Note: draft written in my parents kitchen 1st Jan 2018 I had posted and saved in facebook for I can't login to PPS from my phone. I don't have wifi on my laptop away from home ... and I have been away more than I have been home. When family calls one must serve. My father is 90 now and time spent together is precious. Just it would be easier if there weren't almost 600kms between us. In truth the above draft is an extract of a diary-like piece. I haven't re-read the rest since writing it. just this. then stop.

Posted on 02/21/2018
Copyright © 2024 Maria Massarella

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/23/18 at 12:17 PM

Your poem flows, Maria, like the heart's current, always clean, first and foremost and ever sating the spirit's thirst.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 02/27/18 at 06:43 AM

Off all the lines, this struck for some reason: "between tradition and personal creativity" How our cross generational relationships smack us in the face with the creative tension between the past and all its patterns and our own eternal now! I like the metaphor of breaths and exchanging them, counting them - until the end. Thanks for this lovely piece Maria. I am glad you finally got to post it here.

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