ABSENCE IS A CIRCLE
 
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- by christina murphy
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the small bits of brick & plaster

laughing in the room / above / us / become

a dance in deep cold / & the gaps in our play

as evening falls into darkness / deep with black

you tell me absence / is a circle

with inside / and / outside indistinguishable

but that does not / solve / the riddle

of our needs / as / flat / dead / expired

in previous times / prophets would seek

the desert / for consolation / burned pure

by sunlight / and / fantastical heat / until

visions appeared / and transformation / was won

now the vision / the promise / is of endurance—

to the stoic go / the spoils / of pyrrhic victory

for the heat & the flames know more / than

they will tell / or that will be discovered

thus it is we stay together / bonding heart

to longing & longing to heart / until

the mystic sings out / an answer / or a curse

and desire / is / no longer / the enemy / or the savior

 
 
was published in November 2017
 
 
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