Two Paths, Once One

Two Paths, Once One

After last night’s storm the tulip
petals are strewn across the patio
where they mortally fluttered.
                    Church, Jim Harrison

Anger has a heat of its own, yet
doubles in intensity when returned.

Words spoken without thought
cannot be unsaid.

They hang in the air, inflict pain,
each echo an eternity.

Shaken, the path we shared
now lies fractured, with no going back.

This poem is my response to Poetics: Songs of Unreason, the prompt from Linda Lee Lyberg at dVerse ~ Poets Pub, which is to use one of eight offered lines by Jim Harrison as an epigraph.

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45 thoughts on “Two Paths, Once One

  1. This is gorgeously encapsulated! 💝 Anger is one of the many deeply rooted emotions and to have absolute control over it is an art .. I can’t tell you how many times I have said those words and have had them said to me .. many moons ago when I was younger. Yes, they echo an eternity.

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