Saturday, 26 June 2021

'The Only Way I Can Make Sense of the Word ‘Recovery’ is to Smash it into Pieces ' by James Montgomery

rec

noun (informal)

a recreation ground

It’s dark when we walk, hands clasped, past the rec to our home.’


re-

prefix

again, anew

‘It replays in my mind, endlessly.’


very

adverb

intensifies

They surround us suddenly, hateful faces so very close to our own, their breaths hot, words dangerous.’


-er

suffix

draws comparisons

‘They want us smaller quieter lesser.’


cover

noun

protection sought by people in danger

‘We try to cover one another, but a body is not a shield.’


recover

verb

return to a normal state

‘To recover takes time, we’re told.’


over

adverb

finished

‘But it’s never over.’
 
 
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First published at Retreat West (April 2021).

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