The Things He Left

Rocks in the front yard.
A Japanese maple.
A painted tree on the bedroom wall.
The garden, including berries.
Some shirts.
The beautiful children.
Plants, fish, a dog.
Mail comes now and then.
Bills. Debt.
Wood in the side garden and a giant bag of dirt.
Shelves in the shed.
A hole. A space. A lightness.
An emptiness that feels like hope.


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