by 

Darryl Price

 

1. Everyone disappears.

2. Stars map themselves.

3. The moon fills her bathtub over and over. You can’t watch it for too long or you go mad, shouting, “Just get in, get in!”

4. The ghosts of certain broken poets stand under apple trees and lean their hands on the ragged bark like they are plugging in their guitars and building a railway. Why don’t you know what this means down the road for all of us?

5. You can actually count the grains of sand if you can get far enough away, but this still won’t tell you the secret name of immortality. If you say that living name alone you will explode forever. Hearts are broken by the sun.

6. The world will not listen.

7. I’ve decided to continue to paint your memory. Like a moment before the end of summer’s daylight, it seems the right thing to do. That’s where the most beautiful colors mix themselves onto the earth’s neck and shoulders like swirling angels.

8. Please. Don’t cry. I love you. I’m not dying anymore. It’s just the sad song’s words coming out to look for mates in the high grasses. A light to match a light. A billion lights to match a billion more. Come through the flames, my love.

9. The signaled noise we make is more beautiful than any instrument ever made or played. Don’t forget.Choose. Don’t forget. Don’t ever forget. Oh please. Ah. Yes.

10. By the river of us we are realized and let go of again and again . The moon told us so. She will retell the story for all time.

 

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Darryl Price has published dozens of chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in many journals. He is the author of The Ferocious Silence (Unknown Press)ISBN:9780996352680) and Holding Your Light (Pudding House)ISBN:1-58998-262-2). He edits the Olentangy Review with his wife, Melissa.

 

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