Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Request for Music


The Echo of What Remains Collected Poems of Wanda Lea Brayton







Even my words seem smaller today -
more compressed, 
languishing in brevity - a brief sigh,
rather than a prolonged moan.

Sorrow has hollowed me out -
a tree stump lost in an ancient forest,
sheltering only moss instead of holding aloft
these rustling leaves of autumn floating on a tender wind
as night falls sweetly under the tacit approval
of a luminous moon, awaiting some harvest.

I am not yet numb -
only tingling, as if half-asleep.