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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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TENSION OF OPPOSITES

Don’t ask me to explain

why clarity unlocks by confusion,

why expecting nothing satisfies,

how time will quicken the dead

or change to stay.

We live with obvious ghosts

crowding our hallways,

benign poisons in the pantry,

silent screams floating up

from a basement full of nothing.

Hold the taut line loose

where you might find me

lost, replete with emptiness.

For sometimes I crave hunger

and I may speak an honest lie.

Together we celebrate solitude,

remember what we did not forget.

Too often we’re careless with the crystal,

but wholeness is made by the breaking.

Soon, patient impatience will soothe.

There’s a pointless significance

to this lasting impermanence.

Come, welcome doubt,

for something old is in the making,

and you never know how far

you might travel tethered

to a wisp.

 

―Elizabeth E. Landrum