#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 21 : “Evenings Are For Sighing”

Evenings Are For Sighing

sun dips low, the slate time
of day hangs over the city
making room for comforting

there’s a solemnity
that’s fallen over
shattered hearts,
a quiet gratitude
for the serving
of justice, but
a heaviness
that reigns, a cautious
victory thrum,
a knowing
that the fight
still exists
to shred us apart

a mourning of the fallen,
never forgotten, names
tattooed on the back
of the eyelids of those
at prayer

a mother holding
her babies tighter,
a father holding
his head in trembling hands,
& there exist those
who will never fully
understand the weight
of an open space,
the memory of a broken face,
or the stranger
unclear in the mirror

moon rises high, the peace
time of night in the complex,
crying cats & no footsteps
to startle the grieving
in their corners, no wind
to caress cascading tears,
only stars to twinkle,
shining streetlights
on the emptiness, the
temporary absence of fear

Published by Jennifer Patino


9 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 21 : “Evenings Are For Sighing”

  1. You’ve captured the queasy peace of the day. I want this precedence to make a difference. But the basic level of compassion it asks of the people who can’t visualize what you’ve shown here… It’s a struggle to hope for that, and to work for it, but we do.

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  2. Great poem!

    “shining streetlights
    on the emptiness, the
    temporary absence of fear”

    I love this line. The conviction was important, but I know it takes more than just one time for justice to be served. I’m hoping this is a sign of things to come.

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