we make do

We are sitting in a living room
smaller than what we are used to
The kitchen is a short L
with red pans and wooden spatulas
Horizontal shadow lines stretch across
reflecting the shutters in the night light
The zing of electricity leaves no room
for actual silence but we make do

We are islands away from our original home
Closer to the water than we are used to
but our jokes are the same. The same people
based, accent commanding stories of the
comings and goings of children and men
Of women who have nothing but their husband’s
names and post-baby bodies

The sky is getting darker, the room
a little cooler than when we began but
we are still taken by the stunning reflection
of people being people. Still hurdled over laughing
at what is left of our memories. There are only
little streaks of light sipping through the window now
but we make do. We always make do.

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19 thoughts on “we make do

  1. I love the poem and I love the audio even more. The way you read it gave it so much life and meaning and nostalgia. Beautiful.

  2. I am all for audio post.. it allows me create the scenes in my head.. good work. I loved it.. do more post like this.

  3. Love it! We really always make do. Makes you realize that, truly, you are stronger than you think. Really evokes the nostalgia that comes with going further away from the thing you are used to. But we keep moving, one step at a time.

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