I imagined the house quiet, after they’d left. I could hear the memory of their voices as they were now, an echo. I could feel my heart pull in the way a hand contracts to a fist, the way a tide recedes as it pulls out, the sound as everything settles down and softens. And all there was was loss for all I didn’t do now. So I called out goodnight and they called back, and when I woke the next morning I rose the same as I did any other day, not knowing any more than the last.

About pinklightsabre

Bill Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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7 Responses to Regret

  1. Reminds me of something I just read of Marilynne Robinson’s on grace:
    “Beauty is reciprocal. Beauty disciplines. Understanding any moment as a thing that can bless time or come to poison it.”

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  2. ksbeth says:

    each day is a roll of the dice

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  3. rossmurray1 says:

    Sentiment doesn’t translate well into action, in my experience.

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