a phrase

a phrase I read, an academic note –
‘absent from the historical record’ – sparked
a resonance:
of ordinary life, and death,
of passing and forgetting
and the eventual futility of knowing,
except to pass it on;

and, while knowing that it’s merely true,
a reaction to the vacuum it implies –
of recognition:
that life is in the moment,
not a mark of failure or despair;
and a claim:
to simple complex joy that rises,
floods, conjoins, moves on.