Spring Harbinger

What's Left

How often now, raging weeping for the days
love gives then takes away, takes from you
the slightly chapped hand laid on the one
your pointing at a tree, and the voice
that breathes coffeeberry bush into your mouth.
The finger that taps and feathers your ear
but giggles gone before you turn around.
The sandalwood scent hanging in the room,
the auburn strand like a flaw in the porcelain,
the off-course nail clipping in the carpet. 
The days eat into your stomach, knife you
with longing for relief from love
that you cannot leave or leave alone
from its rings of fires where you won't
burn down to ash or be transformed.
You  become them, and they keep burning
and have a coffeberry voice.
Listen how
their rhymes sing 
the little deaths you live.

W.S. Di Piero