Poem of the North

Fifty years of the Northern Poetry Library

From Canto 3

Aad wife

There’s no sense of her left here. Nothing but
Empty rooms and blank space. No dust, no small
Marks, no odd bits or unnoticed fragments
That would bring up a life. Gone. Someone’s cleared
The place of her too well. And I can’t put
My finger on it, but it feels wrong, all
Of her is gone and no one cares she went.
Surely, a few dry needles from her tree

Of life cling here like femmer ghosts? They don’t,
Of course. Her sort never makes history.

You get what you make of life. Or you won’t.

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