Absence

 

willow wands
wave
in westerly
breezes.

winds
leaves nothing
but mute
disturbance

water runs
through gutters,
gurgles unimpeded
to the ocean,

metal repels 
unmoved
by the ethereal 
kiss of rain

pen scratches
on velum strips,
poet bleeds
to etch meaning 

ink coalesces
words fade
in a betrayal
of osmosis

    -Dave Kavanagh

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