ivory orphan

is this faint –

my voice

my presence

i’ve just learned to thunder in silence

a heaviness leads to strength

but oh your arms

and your body’s weight

i’m carved hollow inside by your memory

haunting every reflection

all the inner doors

tainted by what you showed me

you opened me

a clever gentleness that makes me mourn

when it’s gone

filling me with a newness

and gone just as soon

like an ivory orphan at noon

who sat on the dock in summertime

while the sun slowly whispered

your father will never return

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