From the archives – Empty Nest by Olivia Byard


. . . . . . . .

Empty Nest

You’re ready by eleven
and behind your light eyes,
whips crack and wagons turn.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I drive you
to the bus, my hobo soul dreaming
of box cars, the steam’s hiss,
a haunting whistle’s blow –
while your rockets and space-pods
roar their kinship, overhead.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Palo Alto’s
calling, and you’re tuned
to its wavelength –
I grab a ducked forehead
for a last half-missed kiss.

Then my own world judders,
stalls to aching silence–
while brief years to grave-clothes
dizzily unwind.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Until,
I force fingers to the keyboard
and the IPhone pings –
stuck in a traffic jam,
ET’s texted home.

from Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY, July 13, 2015 — by Olivia Byard

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