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Poetry blogging: a living active absence


Heading west past Congress
B Northcut

Once I stood next to your
barely living body
my knees buckling
between your every shallow breath

Once I enveloped your
entire hungering hand
swept along on
eddies of our tears trust and sweat

All that I knew of you
now just a mereness
a living active absence
embraces and protects
against the rushing wake
trailing your burdening presence
or even its memory

Driving past where
I am told you are living
a cool vacancy surrounds
crisp dry whispering
a clean sheet settling
over a recovering sleeper

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