Poetry

Empty House

Three a.m.: startled from your bed, neglecting to turn on lights you prowl the silent corridor and room after familiar room. This is your house, each part responds to a part of you, as if come surging from a dark mirror. Within these boundaries your wife spent the last, troubled months of life. Here in these rooms your children dwelt and played before they went to seek new spaces where their lives could grow. The edge of your identity is at the open window where the curtain always swelled with morning air (not far off now, will it breathe?) Once…

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