Sarah A. Chavez
Because There is Shadow, I Know There is Light
I am envious of my younger self
for whom death turned our face
toward the light of poetry. Older
me, me of now: death is the shadow
cast from the hulk of an impossibly
wide trunk, bark: thick scales and time
hardened; branch: crinkle-crackle
misdirection. Poetry seems just
out of arm’s length, a bird in flight
I am too heavy to follow.
Solace instead, a blank stare: out
a window, against a wall—looking
into nothing. Death nothing, nothing
but death; it will ravage us all
is no longer a phrase people just say.
The priest at the pulpit says
that eternity is love for those who die
in remorse—I am sorry for so much.