Aftershocks

We felt them, the tremors

when it first hit the earth’s core, creating

an undulation in this home.

We trembled like the rocks buried

miles deep under our supple knees.

Yet nothing felt as startling

as this earthquake – not even as sudden –

when we hugged each other

after we severed ties. Thinking

how you closeted me in your arms

that night

for the last time remaining

as the earth moved slowly beneath us,

as the bricks fell down into the earth,

the sound of your footsteps leaving,

our home in partial ruins –

these moved me to tears.

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