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  • Gary Hunter

I Don't Reminisce - August 2, 2023

on Sunday afternoon when the week’s memories

retreat into the cave of my past

I push a boulder over the entrance


and rarely roll that rock out of the way to explore

little desire to remember what’s gone and buried


why squint in the darkness to recall a scene

that’s now just a movie on the cavern’s wall?


and yet there’s sadness for what will never return

enough to stare out the window at one tree’s long shadow


its own history slow to grow

with the night ahead

ready to swallow it whole

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