One Month


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She looked him

In the eyes, and saw

A face that tells

Of life and memory

And all the small and

Infinitely scarring

Stories of what he’d done

Because he had to

Even when it wasn’t

What he’d wanted, but

What was necessary to have


The difficult


The privations.

The loss made in

Acceptance of the compass

Of the heart and


His was a trustworthy face.

Plowed by honest work

And resigned to


One month

May prove to be

Not nearly long




Last lines quote used as inspiration for this challenge:

“I looked him in the eyes at last. They were sunken and soulful, and often carried dark circles under them. The man had a trustworthy face.

‘A month?’

‘That’s all. One month.'”

(“Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart)



For the dVerse Poetics Last Lines challenge


30 thoughts on “One Month

    • Thank you! I think people who do what needs to be done, and who aren’t dismissive of the realities that one needs to weigh to do what one must do(and what other options there are and their impact on others), are people one can often trust. The person in the book who the quote refers to – and begins the inspiration for this character study, though there are others I had in mind as well – is one such person. It’s a good book, by the way. πŸ™‚


    • Thank you, Patti! πŸ™‚ Aren’t these prompts fun? I probably wouldn’t have thought of putting this together in that way if it weren’t for the inspiration of the quote, which was inspired by the prompt … πŸ™‚


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