And This Is Not The End Of You

by Sarah Hehir

 

First softer sounds
thrum through synapses,
then breaking waves soak the
lyrical land,
lilting to the quick of you,
bitter and beautiful.

You turn your back
but that languid language
takes wayward ways around
and snags at time
and holds onto you:
emerging or escaping.

The wrecking tide
leaves ghostly shapes,
desolate somewhere and
so long love-lost;
a beach, a boat,
a place, a man.
A life unlived in.

The whispered threat
cuts silence through its
cold, shell shaped echoing,
leaving a clue;
a solid ink imprint.
Who are you?
What might you do?

 

Sarah Hehir
And This Is Not The End Of You by Sarah Hehir first appeared in Issue 1 of Bare Fiction Magazine (December 2013)