Once Upon a Carton of Amber

Devon Brock

Mellifluous these bowered years:
honeysuckle on a young boy’s tongue
unaware that each pulse lapped
from a pistil is gone — draped
only as recompense for a loss.
Count them. Count them as stones
or jewellery, worn though never held,
received and ever given
to some specious display.

Sparkly things, these relics.
Fascinating and yet unwilling
or unwilled to gather what scant
light may fall upon a bloom, conceived
to spangle the neck appended.
It is or would be the vanity of grief
to bear, perhaps cuffed about
the wrist or spurned over the knob
of a knuckle to relish this as addendum.

Ah! Memory, black ribbon that you are,
bind me. Would I not be but for the sap,
but for the preceding — the interventions
of say opal or amber, the strap
of which remains untended,
quietly there, remarkably bent, only
to slough forth some chiselled thing
made lovely by the lack of a vein
and mused as a singular gem.

Devon Brock

Devon Brock is a writer, linecook and optimistic pessimist living in the middle of nowhere with his wife and dog. He spends much of his time observing bugs and lichen, considering the slow drag of time.

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