He Knows, He Understands, He Remembers


He lives his life

the way it used to be and a little bit more.

There are times when he is so quiet

and he knows why, and he understands

and then…he remembers the deep resonance

and distant echoes of the past.

This is what makes him so quiet.

He looks in the mirror and sees a sad face.

He looks at his children and grandchildren

and he sees in them the smile, the pain, the silent struggle

of those long years, of trying to make sense of what is no longer seen.

The clothes in the blue laundry bag of the past seven years

still remain untouched. Was this deliberately intentioned,

so that what is no longer seen can at least be touched

and lovingly caressed?

But he knows and understands.

Because there is comfort, because he already made peace

with that quiet that brought the pain in the first place

because he knows and understands that that quiet is

actually the peace that binds him with the pain and

that makes him remember tenderly. And it is beautiful.

That complexity. That pain. That deeper truth.

About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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