A You-Shaped Hole.
By David Milligan-Croft
I was going to text you
This funny meme I saw.
It was of a dog frantic to see its owner,
Who’d just come back from uni,
To see her folks.
The dog scampered up
To the young lady wagging
Its tail, yapping and licking her face.
It got so excited, it literally fainted!
The girl laughed.
I know how much you love dogs
So I figured you’d appreciate it.
But then I remembered you’re dead.
And I felt overwhelmed by this enormous
Bubble of emptiness and silence.
There was this huge you-shaped hole
Inside of me where you used to live.
I sat for a while staring at the message
Until the hole filled up with chores
And thoughts about trivial things
I had to do that day.
Then I pressed send
And went to wash the dishes.