Searching Among Empty Spaces

lake in winterFor Jacob
Elderly man shivered in waning moments,
First chill of winter cold against his naked flesh.
He watched in silence as last leaves
Departed from branches, fell silently in death.

Young lover searched among bald spaces,
Discovered map etched upon the old man’s back,
Wondered at the lingering pain hidden under aging flesh,
Pondered the cold facts of approaching winter.

Together they walked up steep hill hand in hand,
Then down to the water, tranquil at last.
They watched reflecting moon reflected in the lake,
Horizon of stars turning so slow they forgot to notice.


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