Missing (part 1)

[from a series I have been working on]




How many times did you wake up
in the night, find an empty cup
and wonder where your mind used to
be, your self alone and just you
in the bed, and just the one bed
with unfamiliar sheets, your head
on a strangely scented pillow?

I would have brought her there, you know,
for you to hold, and not for me.
You needed her more.  I can see
that now.  I would have stood close by,
just a ways, and averted my
gaze; let you have your time alone
as I tried not to turn to stone.







...no, I'm not "Missing part 1"...
...this is "part 1 of 'Missing'"...
...puttin' the Po' in NaPoWriMo...

6 thoughts on “Missing (part 1)

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  2. This is powerful and painful. What I really respect about it is how your words convey much without being lugubrious. I can conjure up any number of possibilities reading this. I hope you keep working on this. I like both parts 1 & 2 and am interested to see what else you will be up to.

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    • Thank you so much for your close reading Jeremy–your respect means much to me. I have been thinking of late that poetry can (does?) ultimately lead to compassion. That compassion is the hallmark of true poetry, if such a thing can be said. I shy away from “absolutist” talk of what poetry “is” or “should be,” but this is how I feel.

      We are indeed at the “cusp of the matter” with the possiblities. Thank you for seeing that.

      I have much material, written and in memory, for this series. These take me some time to put together, but I am pleased with the progress so far.

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  3. “How many times did you wake up
    in the night, find an empty cup
    and wonder where your mind used to
    be, your self alone and just you”

    … guess what just happened – it’s 4:30am.
    beautiful JC. love your composition – sweetly melancholic and just what i needed.

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    • Thank you Miriam–I appreciate it. “sweetly melancholic” I can’t say for sure
      that’s what I was thinking of when I wrote this, but I am now very pleased to find it there 🙂

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