A week of leaving (part 2)


Revisit old haunts with a new eye.

Discover the idea of a garden

sprouting from a fault line

in the bridge you cross daily.

Research the fungus killing

the chestnut tree,

acknowledge its life force

in annual growth rings.

Accept the abandoned building

you mistook for a car park

is a concrete skeleton of the plan

for a grand hotel money failed

but where Angelina Jolie directed

her first commercial movie

In the Land of Blood and Honey;

remember you learned this from the guide

only yesterday

just before entering the forest

of beech trees.

Begin to see the beginning of a pattern;

how one way of being can lead to the next,

how even preparing to leave

makes its mark in what’s left.