FOUND POETRY BY KRISTINA PANTALONE

Another found poem for your Friday by Kristina Pantalone. Words borrowed from Melina Marchetta’s beautiful novel, Jellicoe Road (pages 186-187).  If you find yourself finding yourself in someone else’s words, submit them to us for next week. We hope you have a splendid weekend!

 

Nothing to Forgive

 
132 complicated minutes

hovers over to warn me

days before he left,

dizzy,

pulse throbbing

as he traced marks

left by slightly scratchy buttons at eye-level;

he says “forgive me,”

despair spilling like fire

towards the boys around here;

he says, “solace,” wanting to take her hand

but doesn’t dare ground her with shadows;

he could not comprehend it the whole time,

covered in sobbing,

she says, “nothing to forgive;”

no one felt the hand disappear and

she died right there.

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