NaPoWriMo 2023 — Day 20: “The Final Cut & Its Aftermath”

20. The Final Cut & Its Aftermath

I’m stuck on how it ended,
so nonchalant, a slow walk
out the glass doors
into the rainy street,
traffic as exit music,
bleeding where no one
can see, strangers
any possible interaction.
Avoidance in motion.
No idea of the wounds
inflicted by sharp
tongues that couldn’t resist.

I’m in a kind of shock
after so much absorption,
after I’ve seen things
I shouldn’t have
because I paid too close
attention to the scenes
behind the main stage.
The in-between. The nuance.
I’m holding on to the belief
in grey areas where
I can kind of make sense of things.

I’m replaying moments
often forgotten — the fine,
hidden details which are
gorgeous puzzle pieces
that might not fit into the frame.

I’m struck by how there was no
glance back, just an empty stride,
which is the perfect suture
to stitch this wound closed.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Published by Jennifer Patino


9 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2023 — Day 20: “The Final Cut & Its Aftermath”

  1. I love how this makes me ponder whether cinema is the only way to process how awful people are to each other, or whether we’re that way because of cinema… Excellent job.

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