We fill ourselves with memories,
fill our pockets with pictures past,
discard the moment and sketch
our mindful canvas
with landscapes of happier times,
pin the bulletin board with posters
of portraits to mitigate the ache
loss has provoked.
After the formalities,
in the silence of our rooms,
we turn back the clock,
gaze upon the family album
and see ourselves in stages of growth
with those departed.
Time has completed its dutiful task.
We whisper a name then whisper good-bye,
words trail off and dissipate
in the dark mesh of the unknown,
heard, perhaps, in that other dimension.
We imagine ourselves, many days from now,
visiting that dimension,
those balmy bastions beyond blue,
where loved ones reside
and rise from anointed seats
to complete the reunion.
But for now, time will continue
to dictate our path
and mend a wounded soul,
as we ponder, the lives we shared
to help their lives remain.
Michael Keshigian’s tenth poetry collection, Beyond was released May, 2015 by Black Poppy Review. He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications with 6 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)