And Dust Will Rest

This is what happens when I attempt to clean. I get distracted by partially-formed, existential poems that need to be written! *laughs*

Update: linking to DVerse open-link because I actually really like this one and hope that more people see it!


And dust will rest on everything:
Dust will rest on once-pristine
Photo frames, and images of saints.
Dust will rest in the corners, by the
Floorboards, and on high shelves.
Dust will comfort the furniture,
As if it needs dust’s thick gray
Blanket when it is so neglected.

And dust will rest on everything:
Dust will rest on what I just
Dusted yesterday, thickening layers.
Dust will rest on my matryoshka
Dolls and the lucky manekineko cat.
Dust will read the many books
That I have stacked high, and one day
Cover every journal that I write.

16 thoughts on “And Dust Will Rest

  1. “Dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return” … similar words appear many times in the Bible. They’ve come to mind these past days as I’ve packed to move, wondering if the accoutrements I’ve collected through the years are destined to dust one day!

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  2. “Dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return” appears in similar form in many places in the Bible. The words have crossed my mind many times as I have packed to move, wondering at the destination of the accoutrements I’ve collected through the years.

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  3. I love the many layers of this dust, as it is seen from the frustration of the housekeeper to the introspective philosopher. And I had forgotten the name of my lucky cat “maneki-neko” so I thank you very much for reminding me!

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  4. Wonderful as I guess we all are watching the dust more. You remind me of my childhood when my father got me to help him dust and Hoover. I made up my first internal rhymes to work to. We must, we must get rid of the dust! And we never do and I love the dustful domesticity of this poem.

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  5. I really enjoyed this entire poem, every word and every line. I have been coming to terms with dust as I do my observations because it really enjoys showing up in all of my photographs. I especially enjoyed “dust will rest on what I just dusted” and “dust will read the many books.” Wonderful.

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  6. Love dust, it drifts into my poems often. My Mom used to say that the best thing about getting old was that without her reading glasses she didn’t notice anymore when something needed dusting.

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