UnansweredThere's a whole world of questions left unanswered,
Now that you're not here.
When I need a wine recommendation,
Or I have a question about the torque settings on an electric drill;
When I want to know about post-WWII England,
Or which chess pieces can move sideways,
Or the best way to stop sprinkler heads filling up with sand;
The go-to chair is empty now.
I could ask Google how to do my taxes,
Or about the Prince of Wales,
Or what to do when the sink gets blocked,
But Google can only do so much.
It can give me cold hard facts
Names and dates.
It cannot add the warmth and flavour that you always used to put into every answer.
It doesn't add the human flourishes that thaw the cold hard facts
And give them meaning.
There are entire fields of answers that I never learned
Because you were there, patient and sometimes not,
Ready with an answer, or an explanation, or with the tools for me to find out my answer for myself.
I trusted in your knowledge to help me spur my own.
I miss answers having meaning.
© mjc 16 February 2018