5.14.2019

Missing Person Verse


Ghosts linger in plates
brought curbside, trimline phone,
faint blue dot just above the knee,

Memory gnaws like a hungry
belly, ache of phantom wisdom teeth,
lyctinae eggs in open pores,

Here and gone again,
from forest to pencil to powder--


For Rommy’s Tuesday Platform: GOING BUGGY

10 comments:

  1. I like how you have it trail off at the end. It adds to the feeling of disintegration, where not even words exist to describe that which is irretrievably gone.

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  2. The last line is killer! the way it trails off as if all breath or hope has ended.

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  3. Want to pull up to the A & W Root Beer drive in and see a girl who looks like you come up and take my order on roller skates.

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  4. I feel the loss in that powder... in the end even the memory fades.

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  5. memory gnawing like a hungry belly...it dies do that...bkm

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  6. Oh Gee, Marian, I just a few minutes ago had one slip to dust. Back when I was aggressively blogging, 2006 to mid teens, I would carry a little notebook to jot things down. WE best be doing that again. Loved reading this, I had to look up only one word, "lyctinae". Do they attack orange trees? I picked up 17 small fallen oranges this morning.
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  7. The first line made me think of the Day of the Dead rituals we practice—leaving food for the departed. But the thought really hurts, when one considers the title...

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  8. That last line trailed off to almost anywhere.

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  9. forest to pencil to powder...that line creates a vacuum even the Electrolux man could sell. Call me on the trimline phone when you get a chance, we'll talk about missing pieces and ponder the edge of the known world.

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  10. I'm with Corey: the fade away at the end is most telling of all.

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