troy

stay here
for a little while
longer

resist the movement of
the screen
the prompt
to divert your gaze
fight away
the forgetting the

relocation

resist the urge to
occupy your vision
with more pleasant
thoughts, the TV,
what you ate for dinner,
what you will wear
to work
tomorrow
how much
the light
bill is
bus fare
costs
how rude
the clerk
was
or
what thing
you wish
you had
how much
you would
rather be
some
where
else
how much more
or less
you should
or shouldn’t

and stay here
a little while
longer

stay in this
with me

let it
hurt
and
empty

let your memory
fully form

let the rage
set down
roots
let it sting
and pull tears
from your eyes
let it remind you
let it sing
let it break things
let it empty

let his image
be present
and then dare
to look

let the silence
wash in

let it happen
in your skin
let the teeth
grind
let the tearing
and ripping
generate
a sound

stay here

a little while longer

in this

the taught spring,
stored
energy
a home
for
the teachers

stay here

a little while longer
in this

grief; the record
of our love

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2 comments

  1. Even though I don’t come from a background rich in poetry and prose, I’ve enjoyed looking through your website. After yesterday’s class I couldn’t help but see if you had any other writing publicly available. There’s a tenderness in the way you write and work with media. I look forward to seeing the work you ultimately do in LMI.

    Take care,

    O

    • klovich

      Wow, thank you so much. “tender” is one of my most favorite, cherished words and I am really happy that the work did something for you.

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