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Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon


When his mind grew empty

and his heartbeat slowed to a vague stutter,

our father no longer walked his fields at night.

.

He did not call to say, “Look at the moon. You have to see it.” 

Even grown, even when his authority rankled,

we had obeyed.

.

Mind empty, he lost hold

of hurts he had suffered, the unrequited loves.  

Shame that had festered seemed to heal.

.

We could not follow him to that country

of no nationality, no creed. None of us but

his granddaughter, who had gone before,

.

though sometimes we nearly met him there 

in a vast silence that covered the world’s persistent hum.

His melancholy had prepared the place

.

since those blue boyhood afternoons 

he stood on the back porch, 

borrowed violin tucked under his chin, 

bow scraping the open strings


Copyright 2019 Luray Gross. From Lift published by Ragged Sky Press.

One comment on “Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon

  1. Diana Elser
    July 9, 2019

    What a wonderful expression of grief – eulogy? Whatever. Beautifully done.

    Liked by 1 person

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