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Your Holding


By Ward NorcuttPublished 10 months ago 1 min read
Your Holding
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Don’t breathe too deeply

in case you let go of your holding

strong, you and your husband, united

through the terrible journey home,

remembering his first

and only year. You are both so

cautious with your words, with your

touch, with your dreams for tomorrow as this

insidious grief steeps.

Once you get in the truck, the silence screams

not to notice his empty seat.


About the Creator

Ward Norcutt

Playwright and poet.

My goal as a writer is to write thoughtful pieces of prose, poetry and stage plays. Hopefully, the end results are entertaining and engaging, with layers of meaning that make sense to the whole or a theme therein.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran10 months ago

    This was so heart-wrenching! Very well done!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh10 months ago

    So poignant and powerful. I am intrigued by voice in this piece -- from the gentle caution of the opening line, to the scream in the final lines. The only thing not tentative is that devastatingly empty seat. Shivers.

  • Geoffrey Philp 10 months ago

    Devastating, Ward!

  • My heart ❤️

  • sleepy drafts10 months ago

    Wow. This is so devastating. Beautifully written. ❤️

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