Jill Alexander Essbaum
What’s left of the last light’s been locked out. Like a bell-booked wraith that’s blocked
from the chapel, it haunts each edge of this purlieu in exile, a plight that the sky won’t resign to.
And dusk’s hazel eye can’t be trusted. What’s near appears distant, while things remote are
fictive. Your kindness comes off as vindictive. And sunsets are always ill omens, for what isn’t illumed
is unknown. When mourning stars are evenings out, night arrives with a cataleptic halt. Baths,
then battle lines are drawn. I don my darkest shadow as the blue hour blackens, burns. And
beg you to return.