Recording of “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)

 

31 thoughts on “Recording of “The Loneliness of the Last”

  1. I so love hearing your poems in your actual voice. I mean, I always *read* your work in what I think of as “your voice,” but what I hear inside my head is merely my rendering of you, which, of course, never quite compares to the real thing.

    Also, this mixing with the wailing horn was really well done. I actually thought for a moment that I was hearing the freight train that runs about a mile and a half from my house…

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