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A Current Spare

String heart beats enough
Across the crack splitting
The chest; maybe temper
The racket thrumming there
Latch it closed against the draft—
It threatens to widen the chasm

Fingers numb-blue with trying
To hold sides together
Trace ragged edges sharp
Enough to draw blood’s refrain
“Give it up, give it up”
Blend ignobly against a current
As spare as winter in Chernobyl

S.E.Ingraham©
Sunday Whirl 61

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13 thoughts on “A Current Spare

  1. Been away for quiet sometime. And now it seems you are away… The world spins on. Your piece fills me with cold blue light- surreal and a bit spooky.

  2. Already overseas and see I didn’t get back here to reply to these comments – I hate that! Thanks to all of you for coming, reading and commenting … I really like the variety of input about this odd little poem – it took even me by surprise that it ended up in Chernobyl but it did seem fitting so I left it there. Thanks again.

  3. Took me to open heart surgery, or maybe a gunshot wound to the chest. Your last line is brilliant: “As spare as winter in Chernobyl.”

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