Erosion of Expectation

After the webinar, we went around the room
saying what we thought it would be that it wasn’t.

Leaving the building, I heard the loud, crackling snaps
of the flag (a hundred yards away?) that had been
limply at half-mast the day before. It rippled

across the grey front of the broken Belltower.
A year before I would have checked it for the time,

still unlearning the habit of decades, listening
for the chimes on the quarter hour, singing
along, looking to the clock as if it still ran.

The wind spins and twists my ID badge on its cords
until they tighten around my neck. Fuzzy bracts

litter the ground and tumble across the sidewalk,
torn from the flower buds, the petals and branches
whipping wildly in three dimensions, tearing loose,

falling, sticking to the damp packed-down dirt until
the ground blooms with tattered pink and white magnolias.

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8 responses to “Erosion of Expectation

  1. My head is in AI right now. These images are good examples of frames and how these are processed by people (exceptions standout). Very nicely written.

  2. Lovely visual poem. Congrats on being the featured site today.

  3. nice use of transition from para to para while carrying forward the theme. Thanks for ending with the petals, it left me a bit of hope in the midst of all the negative changes that you chronicaled

    • Thank you! The topic of “erosion” lends itself to the more negative, so I am trying every few poems to have a piece where the negative is what is being eroded. :)

  4. You’ve been writing wonderfully! All those bright blue calendar days. I like your slice of day, skewered so well. Especially love language like “fuzzy bracts.” Yum!

    • Ah, Deb, it’s been too long! I’ve been too busy. Thank you so much, and thank you for all your wonderful work at Big Tent. I want to have time there. I tend to look, but not do. :(

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