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Dear Darkness


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To allow silence

To admit it in us

always moving

Just past

senses, the darkness

What swallows us

and we live amongst

What lives amongst us


These grim anchors

That brief sanctity

the sea

Cast quite far

when you seek

in your hats black

and kerchiefs

to bury me


Do not weep

but once, and a long

time then

Thereafter eat till

your stomach spills over

No more! youll cry

too full for your eyes

to leak


The words will wait


Place me in a plain

pine box I have been

for years building

It is splinters

not silver

It is filled of hair


Even the tongues

of bells shall still


You who will bear

my body along

Spirit me into the six

Do not startle

at its lack of weight

How light

I shall be released

What we love

will leave us

or is it

we leave

what we love,

I forget

Today, belly

full enough

to walk the block

after all week

too cold

outside to smile

I think of you, warm

in your underground room

reading the book

of bone. Its hard going

your body a dead


Ive begun

to feel, if not

hope then what

comes just after

or before

Lets not call it

regret, but

this weight,

or weightlessness,

or just

plain waiting.

The ice wanting

again water.

The streams of two planes

a cross fading.

I was so busy

telling you this I forgot

to mention the sky

how in the dusk

its steely edges

have just begun to rust.

Ode to Boudin

You are the chewing gum

of God. You are the reason

I know that skin

is only that, holds

more than it meets.

The heart of you is something

I dont quite get

but dont want to. Even

a fool like me can see

your broken

beauty, the way

out in this world where most

things disappear, driven

into ground, you are ground

already, & like rice

you rise. Drunken deacon,

sausages half-brother,

jambalayas baby mama,

you bring me back

to the beginning, to where things live

again. Homemade saviour,

you fed me the day

my father sat under flowers

white as the gloves of pallbearers

tossed on his bier.

Soon, hands will lower him

into ground richer

than even you.

For now, root of all

remembrance, your thick chain

sets me spinning, thinking

of how, like the small,

perfect, possible, silent soul

you spill out

like music, my daddy

dead, or grief,

or bothafterward his sisters

my aunts dancing

in the yard to a car radio

tuned to zydeco

beneath the pecan trees.

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Young, Kevin
Alfred A. Knopf
American - General
Single Author / General
Poetry-A to Z
Single Author / American
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