Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Grief Poem Nobody Leaves

Nobody Leaves

If you try to walk sideways on a staircase
your choices are limited
sooner or later
you are bound to walk into the wall
so change your ambulation
make it up or down

life’s duration is may seem shorter
than a hummingbird’s breath
while a plastic bottle lasts for all time

there’s a certain grace
in an aging ballet dancer
refusing plastic surgery
because her art is in the bend of her leg
not in the slope of her nose

This poem was better before you died
and took my words with you
You give them back one by one
so that we can keep our promise

nobody leaves

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