I knotted you to my wrist
my balloon of sunshine

I clutched
until the pop

scattered dreams
in clouds
broke free

the descent

you dissolved
into porous sky

Now I rub
my palms
for warmth

a panoramic
ache is
all that’s left

A quadrille for dVerse, where Mish asked us to use the word โ€œknot.” I was inspired by the video above.

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

49 thoughts on “Gone

  1. Your quadrille Is lovely, Tricia, especially the opening image, which reminded me of what happened to my daughter at the weekend. She bought balloons for my grandsonโ€™s third birthday on 6th March, which they had been looking after very carefully. She cut loose the big โ€˜threeโ€™ so Lucas could play with it and everything was fine until she opened front and back doors to take something through to the garden; it caused a draught that whipped the balloon through the back door, and it flew off into the sky! I love the idea of dreams being scattered when the balloon is popped.

    1. Thanks, Kim! Balloons are tricky like that, just can’t keep them around for too long! Maybe in the end the dreams rain back down on us! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•

  2. The standouts here for me are the sunshine knotted to your wrist, clutching too hard, and “a panoramic ache.” I can see where the video inspired your poem.

  3. Tricia, for some reason these words –

    the descent

    really struck a deep chord in me… this was very powerful.


    P.S. I haven't read your short story yet – but I plan to do so soon! Thanks for sending it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The heartbreak, the breaking away, it is so palpable and saddening. The feeling of loss in such way, it’s almost as if you lose a part of yourself while gaining another reflection. Beautifully and brilliantly composed, poetess! โค โค Such powerful, moving writing.

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