Rachel Carney

Survival

Her knots pull tighter as the day wears on.
She finds fine traces of him in the light,
and searches for some thought to lean upon.

Is it too soon to clean – just one day gone?
Her mind aches with the memory of that night.
Her knots pull tighter as the day wears on.

She wonders where to get her meaning from
and wrestles with her hope – a vacant fight –
and searches for some thought to lean upon.

The radio begins to play their song –
a surge of words that sound so plain and trite
(her knots pull tighter as the day wears on)

and so she turns it off, and then back on.
The silence afterwards is frail and white.
She searches for some thought to lean upon.

The day fades into grey, the cleaning’s done.
Her grief won’t go, the chords of pain stretch tight.
Her knots pull tighter as the day wears on.
She searches for some thought to lean upon.

Rachel Carney has had poems published in several magazines and journals including Ink Sweat and Tears, The High Window Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, The Open Mouse, Sarasvati and The Wales Haiku Journal. She has written articles and reviews for various magazines and websites including Wales Arts Review and The Poetry School. She is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing, and has been awarded a place on the 2019 Literature Wales mentoring scheme.