Looking Back

POETRY FORMAT, 22 May 2017

Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Everything had been arranged:
A linen tablecloth,
The reckless glow of a taper,
Paintings, artefacts, our hands –
The life of lines
As our words spilled out that day,
That afternoon of arms,
Everything so sudden

But it was easier that way,
I could imagine the many roads
In the sepulchral folds of the valley,
Smooth or scarred,
The who or where, again,
The legacy of travels,
The seduction of the fallen snow

Afterwards,
In the declining night
And in the growing cold
Only the eyes might move
Over the ranges,
Along the invisible planes

I coil your shadow
Round my neck
For warmth and pull –
Not so tight

May 2017
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Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia is an American poet, novelist and physician who now resides in New Zealand. He may be contacted at emanuelegarcia@gmail.com.

 

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