“My Many Disguises” by Richard Jackson

There’s a bit of leftover sun blowing around on the corner.
There’s the quivering branch the robin has just left.
Nothing is complete until we can see it. Even the trees
hold their breath. It may seem forever until you arrive.
There’s the prison of my shadow, these words which are
roadblocks, their elliptical emotions, the night’s refusals.

It may mean the dead need us, after all, to say the unsayable,
to hold in our hands a simple rose, to cup the wind, to feel
the endless longing the heart brings back from its inverted
world, that world whose destiny encases your every breath.

Richard Jackson, closing lines to “My Many Disguises,” (full poem) from Out of Place: Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014)

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