The Loneliness of the Last

The Loneliness of the Last

Always exposed, never sharing the comfort
of between, you see only the departed

diminishing with each second’s passage, blurring,
shrinking, and finally blinking out, all points

erased in the null, an eye closing in the tunnel.
Or, inhaling the fragrance of an unseen orange

grove filtered through coal and thick, black
coils, you accept the limits of possibility,

known only by edges flowing past, lost
to touch and forever beyond reach in the draft

of the inadmissible. Departure defines
you. What lies ahead is not yours to embrace.

* * *

“The Loneliness of the Last” was published as a mini-broadside by ELJ Editions in February 2017.

Loneliness

“Trem Abandonado” by Rafael Vianna Croffi
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/rvc/29472173566)

 

27 thoughts on “The Loneliness of the Last

  1. DEATH BEAUTIFULLY AND SUBTLY CAPTURED IN A FEW WELL-CHOSEN WORDS. AT 76, I THINK MORE EACH DAY OF MY OWN
    DIMINISHING.

    WHEN JESUS CAME TO JOHN THE BAPTIST TO BE
    BAPTIZED OF HIM IN THE JORDAN RIVER, JOHN SAID, “HE MUST
    INCREASE AND I MUST DECREASE” (BE DIMINISHED – TO THE POINT OF DEATH BY KING HEROD’S HANDS.)

    THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR INTELLECT AND SPIRIT WITH ALL
    OF YOUR READERS.

    RON

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  2. Wow, that is awesome. When I saw the title it reminded me of a news item I saw by a doctor who reported on the words of an elderly patient. “There’s one in the world that I know.” My best friend just died and there’s no one else that I know. But instead your poem is about the concerns, experiences, emotions of an inanimate object. An interesting pair of shoes to step into, you did it wonderfully. Thank you.

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