speech bubble


Someone new may speak
if I, today, keep silent.

Be still, for you
cannot utter a word
worth saying,

And any chair
that’s empty here,

no syllable as dear as
the space it rushes to occupy,

that’s someone
who is dying:

which left empty might be
another’s in-drawn breath.

Find him.

empty chair better


Italicized stanzas are from Franz Wright’s poem Alder Street, included in his 2006 collection, God’s Silence.



  1. empties
    chair 🙂


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