Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2023  Vol. 21  No.3
an online journal of literature and the arts
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The Offices of Grief

The phone is ringing and has been since the start.
Not the first, nor the last.
No one answers: the room is filled
with books and unsightly knickknacks.

In the hall, a woman runs a vacuum
over the same square of carpet,
paid too little to go any further.

No ghosts are invited
here; there is disquiet
in the young people
whose blurred heads glide by
the window in their passing.

Distant rapids churn and froth
like baby’s breath,
hardiest in the bouquet.

Listen: there it goes.  

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