Dust

1
It pervades everything—
settles in corners, adapts to the contours
of your living space, gathers
in gentle layers.

2
In a thin beam of light it is
floating debris and
the silhouettes of mites,
dead skin cells and plant pollution,
hair fibers, bacteria.

3
It is the passing of time, proof
of the days, weeks, years.

4
In its absence there is clean space,
memory of what’s been there—
eventually the dust will settle,
lines will fade, and the memories
with it.

5
It is what’s left
after everything is gone.

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