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  • The time between,
    after all is ready
    folded, stowed and packed,
    but before the final act

    last minute chores suddenly significant
    rinsing the glass before the grapefruit juice is done
    one last sweep
    claiming lingering essentials



    The sand we tracked in is all swept away
    passion’s moments cold and dim
    laughter stilled
    straighten, align, erase all trace

    all is tense and waiting to be sprung
    counting the ticks as
    last moments slip by
    until I close the door and stride away

    only memories and a lucky stone in my jacket pocket
    a chapter finished
    a season done
    just another holiday bagged and tagged

    soon the house will be dark and silent
    and the words unsaid
    will have drifted into the darker corners
    along with stray hairs
    and the button off my shirt
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