You’ve left a holethe size of the skyin the chair across the tablein the chasm of the closetyour shoes hold the shapeof every step we tookthrough the seven roomsof a world with no languagebut that of movingon macadam and the milesof velvet earth before rainfallbetween rows of cornand up the curving driveuntil they landed besidethe bed a black holeyou disappeared throughas I look for a signof you slivered with starsyour body without bordersnowhere and everywherein the wind moving through treeson its way down the hallto the back of my neckin the chill you still send through meand so I slip into the deepabyss of your shoesstanding where you were lastpointing in two directionstrusting the way forwardis also the way back—Wyatt Townley, “Abyss”Art Credit David Cooper

You’ve left a hole
the size of the sky
in the chair across the table

in the chasm of the closet
your shoes hold the shape
of every step we took

through the seven rooms
of a world with no language
but that of moving

on macadam and the miles
of velvet earth before rainfall
between rows of corn

and up the curving drive
until they landed beside
the bed a black hole

you disappeared through
as I look for a sign
of you slivered with stars

your body without borders
nowhere and everywhere
in the wind moving through trees

on its way down the hall
to the back of my neck
in the chill you still send through me

and so I slip into the deep
abyss of your shoes
standing where you were last

pointing in two directions
trusting the way forward
is also the way back

Wyatt Townley, “Abyss”
Art Credit David Cooper

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