here

Inspired by the phrase ‘Where are you?’, from the poem ‘Madonna of the Evening Flowers’ written by Amy Lowell.

This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project

I turn
to see you

you are not
there
anymore

I turn round
and
around again

seeking your shape
in the shadows

in footprints
across the floor

through the glass
slightly speckled
of the kitchen window
that leads my eye
outside

out
to the garden
where a shape
perhaps a shift
of the sun
suggests
something of you

but
no
I don’t think so

and I wonder
where have you gone

where are you
at this moment

when I seek you
with a stray thought
an idea
that came into my mind

and I
have a need
to share
to speak
to hear your reply
to this whim of mine

and I am
forlorn
for
I did not see you
depart

another sign
of my chronic
inattentiveness

I know

I know

I tell myself
berating

I must pay you
more mind

must notice where
you are going
what
you are doing
why is it you flit from my mind
when I

I preoccupy
the whole of me
with trivia

just trivia
that I believe might be
interesting

engaging to you

yet
I know
that’s not so

it is not
really
so

and
all that is left
is
to wait for you

quietly . . .

attentively . . .

thoughtfully . . .

distractedly . . .

absorbedly . . .

preoccupied-ly . . .

I am gone . . .

you have returned
I
did not notice
but suddenly you
are here
listening
to my story
now gushing
not at all
rational

you are here
and you listen

and
I think
that you know
everything
that there is
to know
about me

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