30 november 2021


 there is a hardware store across my house where a black shape emerges as soon as the sky turns dark

it becomes even clearer
when the shopping mall lights are turned off
which happens around eleven
every night

the shape looks like Grim Reaper
bending over
to grab something
off of the floor
something someone might have
dropped, when they were
in a hurry

one or two nights ago
I was staring at the shape
when I noticed it was not a solid object
like I’d  thought before
but it was some kind of
a collection of deep shadows
caused by nearby street lights
shining upon other objects
in the hardware store

for a few moments
I thought I had lost him
because of what I knew,
that it was an absence of objects
rather than
a solid object that represented the shape
the personification of Death

but a couple of hours later
I had forgotten about my finding
from earling that evening
and as I glanced at the shape
I saw Grim Reaper again