once the dust clears (for RGH)


the house you built
still stands, shaken
but unbroken

the rooms you nested within
then drifted apart inside
wait here, the other side
of pretending

for you to shed, finally
the character you learned so well
in gesture & inflection practiced
until believable

your mouth no longer fits
dialogue you memorized
& forms unscripted words,
flowering & spilling on the floor.  your floor,
not a stage where you play at life
cued to how was your day, dear?

the rooms wait
the world waits
for you to stop
playing house

the door you locked
is open now

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