holding Jerry, though he’s already gone,
Marie holding John, gone, Maggie holding
her John, gone, Carlos and Darren
holding another Michael, gone
and I’m holding Wally, who’s going.
“Atlantis” Mark Doty
Transcendence might be the term Emerson would lend it.
What I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t lonely.
“R.I.P. My Love” Tory Dent
Look: I am building absence
out of this room’s air
“Drawing from Life” Reginald Shepherd
We are all made of
our own people laying names on the ground
“Naming the Elements” Michael Klein
Most of it happened without music, the click of the spoon from the kitchen,
someone talking, somebody sleeping
Someone watching somebody sleep.
“Without Music” by Marie Howe