Academic journal article The Hudson Review

A Mood of Denial

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

A Mood of Denial

Article excerpt

If you feel you are alone,

there must be a shadow inside you.

This shadow must have come

from the past you did not want to be in.

And if you are going out the door,

you don't know if it's the same

person you are when you come back in.

It's always wise not to think

what is outside the door:

the wings with enough sky to last

a lifetime, and the loneliness

that melts into thin air inside

the white envelope in your hands.

But your past says you're never alone.

The life inside goes on without you,

disconnected electrical wires leading nowhere,

with your shadow that detects death

before you know where you are.

You will never find out any trace

of the silent dialogue it has been

carrying on while you were blinded

by the light of unexplained excitement. …

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