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A Letter In A Slight Dark


I have been here before

watching one fall way––

to most want

those that leave the fastest.


You moved slower

than often death’s summon––

a collapse into absence.


You exist in departures.

You leave nothing you need.

You never say good-bye.


It is clear to me

that nothing

is wholly mine,

not even myself.


Now I am wrapped

in the sleeve of your absence.


This must be

what I need to be––

tangled in the void,




[Originally published in NHS 1997, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs97/index.html#31.]