National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 18 poem using the prompt: Write an elegy in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail. Most of this poem is inspired by what I assume was an inadvertent selfie my father took with his phone a few months before he died.

The subject is not out of focus
but fuzzy
beard and moustache growth
giving the face a fullness
it did not have by then

The setting is a window
filled with bright light
a ceiling of white
and a dark cushion
revealing a wisp of grey hair

The face is neutral
revealing nothing
despite its expiration date
still six months away

The crack across the screen
thick and crooked
the mark of its owner
has a permanence
he did not

Outliving both
are old photographs and clippings
the steady flow of junk mail
a sense that things
should have been different

(17 April 2019—posted April 18th)

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3 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 2)

  1. Yet, there is permanence in the heart.

    I’ve found those photos have the ability to bring both smiles and tears.

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