Robert Klein Engler
( Des Plaines, Illinois )
The Artist Held in Memory
Before a landscape in a gilded frame,
I feed on silence and white walls.
What is memory, except some hope
In face of the intractable world?
A voice tells me to forget my body.
Let a decade of desire fall to the floor
Like the crumbling folds of a silk robe.
Our flesh will only inherit loneliness.
The wounded wait a cure – the dead
Wait to rise. When sunlight breaks
Through the leaves with a shine
Of glycerin, I wait to see him again.
Even at night, when I kissed his lips,
The odor of balsam lingered in his hair.
It comes here now, among the whispers
And a hum of manufactured air.
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