The Simplicity of Silence

  • To Don

You are the simplicity of silence

a study in thoughts

that begin deep   swelling

like the huge rollers that cross

the Atlantic and speak

only a murmur

to the shore     more than that

line   texture   form

so clean it takes my breath away

when I confront your face

in sleep and trace

the landscape of your body hard

beneath the sheets

words test nothing more

than patience   lies color

the scene like fall leaves     dying

even as they are spoken and promises

are remembered      if at all

when they are broken     but you

are more an aftermath

of storm or changing season   you

happen to me   offering

in your silence

all the certainty of rhyme

and sanity

of reason

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