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
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.