Some paths should be walked upon
Some ruins should be visited,
What caused the destruction?
How much damage was done?
And if possible,
Something must be salvaged
A half-burnt letter
The soft corner of someone’s heart
Because when nothing remains
When it was never meant to exist
Small remainders should be kept
Under the pillow
In the heart
To remind us of the beauty that once existed
Will always live
In the tears that now well up
In the pain that never could find shape
A piece of always within never
Note: The writing is inspired by the phrase in Muriel Barbary’s ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’, ‘always within never’, from whom the writing also derives its name. As Paloma Josse, one of the main characters, says, ‘…I have finally concluded, maybe that’s what life is about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. …. Yes, that’s it, an always within never.’
I may or may not have written the above in the same context. Also, go read ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’. It’s insightful and quite engaging.