by David A. Goodrum
I believe you’re still asleep
in the next room. Soon you will
shake me awake to deliver
the news to neighbors.
I can’t shut my eyes; I can’t
keep myself from trying.
For days I am in a stare-down
with blank walls, pictures
removed though their shadows
remain, shuttered windows, curtains
closed, daylight and moonlight
blocked. No chance of stopping
the tornado’s wail sinking and rising
as it wavers; the roof tiles clatter,
pelted by gusts, hail, rain; the prayer plants’
folding in nocturnal devotions; the crests
and troughs of grief, the moment-
to-moment tides of living without you.
Copyright Goodrum 2024