After-grief, a Harvestman
 

I’m in
                            a clear space
let’s say
                            an interim
ante-room
                            and some
insect-
                            restiveness
personified
                            won’t unfocus
this after-grief—

Skittering
                            then stopped
I don’t much mind
                            finding corners out
on its way
                            cornicewise
towards
                            wherever falls
this hour’s
                            supply of dust—

I find myself
                            much less annoyed
then of old
                            of earlier
before, ante
                            post-partum.
Yes, this
                            harvestman
is my after-
                            grief child
something
                            resigned
by its nature
                            to resignation—

And a spy
                            o long-legged fly
spinning nothing
                            besides
its own
                            attention.

 
 
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David Mohan is a poet and short story writer based in Dublin, Ireland. His poetry has been published in The Cincinnati Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Stirring, Corium Magazine, New Madrid Journal, New World Writing, PANK and the Cumberland River Review. His poetry has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.