Flicker

The lamp flickers
As it burns through
The last of the oil
Outside, snow falls
A log on the fire
I pretend it’s you
Covering my feet
With a blanket
As you always did

On crumbling pages
Black and white
I delicately trace
Your fading smile
Flipping through
As old photographs
Give ghostly reminders
Of the way
Things used to be

Though long, I find solace 
In these nights
Remembering, watching
Trails of failing light
Dancing across an empty chair
-Your empty chair
And I wait
For one last thing to burn out
Before I see you again

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  1. Beautifully written… love it…πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Every word 100% true! You truly are one of my favorite writers. Your range is enviable! I am not one who can read multiple books at a time, so I am finishing up the novel I am reading and then going to read your books!! I cant’ wait!!!

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  2. Oh this is just beautiful River, there is so much feeling in this poem! I can almost see the tired old man sitting in his rocking chair reliving his life with tears in his eyes but a small smile of remembrance – exquisite writing :O) x

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  3. This speaks so eloquently of grief and longing. The last stanza is as fragile and gentle as the firelight, but it hit hard enough to bring tears. I would say I am sorry you felt this grief, but then I would have to also say I’m sorry you felt the powerful love that came before the loss. Thank you for sharing your heart. β™₯.

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  4. Lovely poetry, River! Really enjoyed this πŸ™‚
    I was thinking of raising awareness of bloggers who write good short stories/poems, so might you recommend any flash-fiction writers/poets who you’ve enjoyed & could do with a larger audience?

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