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Hangs Heavy”

“Hangs Heavy”

The cavernous growl
of the black howler
brings you to mind…
Deep and guttural,
it hangs heavy in wet air-
Stirring giant jungle leaves
to loosen from
the crowned canopy,
Shattering bright birdsongs
to free-fall into the abyss,
Startling creatures of
the red earth
to dig in, and disappear
Deep and guttural,
my memory of you
hangs heavy.
Despite its burden, and
fearing it will fade-
my mind of prehensile
grooves and ridges
grips tightly

About this poem

I had the great privilege to experience the sight and sound of the howler monkey on a visit to Costa Rica. Its deep, guttural growl reminded me of memories we have that we would be better offer forgetting but that for various reasons, we can not.

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Written on December 03, 2022

Submitted by susan.brumel on January 30, 2023

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Susan Mayer Brumel

67 year old retired hospice social worker, wife, mom of two married adult sons, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and grandma to a 21 month old grandson, who is the love of my life. I enjoy learning about people, spending time in nature, long walks, and reading Pablo Neruda, Blake, William Carlos Williams, Joyce, and others. more…

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