30 September: Our Gaps

two people sat before campfire, night sky with stars and full moon

Our Gaps

I’m sitting on a log
that has a heart carved into it.
He’s sitting on the log opposite
picking at the bark.

The campfire shifts, sparks
climbing into the night air
to join all those errant stars.

And I ask him,
What are you thinking about,
and he says, Nothing.

I’ve never been able to do that,
think about nothing, I tell him.

Like this, my finger traces
the carved heart – Who carved it.
A boy or a girl. Was it young love,

and when does young love stop –
when you’re not young, or when
love becomes something else.

It’s like when I tell you to
unplug the toaster before you
poke your knife at the bread.

And he’s staring into the flames,
as if he’s thinking, and then he
looks up and says, What toaster?


Written for Waterways, Ten Penny Players, and published in their September issue. Image: AI ©Misky 2022

11 responses to “30 September: Our Gaps”

    1. Thank you, Bump. Lovely break. Nice to be back.

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    1. A very good afternoon to you, Peter.

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  1. Missed you while you were gone. Hope you had a lovely break! Really like this poem. The little branches it explores and then comes back – like a good Billy Connelly stand up story. :-). And the end that made me chuckle. I especially love the pondering about young love and what it changes to.

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    1. Thanks so much, Worms. It’s was an astonishingly beautiful area of the England that we visited. But now it’s back to the day-to-day; laundry drying on the line, removing spiderwebs from the corners, making a grocery list … It was good while it lasted.

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  2. Delightful dichotomous deluge of thought in your poem Misky 😁❤️

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      1. I hope I made sense. Fighting a nasty series of migraines

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        1. I wish I could come up with an alliteration like that whilst suffering a migraine. 😂

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          1. Ahh you’re so sweet ❤️

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