The Quotable

Ten Years

where did you day and day gone
and you in the cement the blossoms the wind

approaching a flawless illusion I decide to live
with intention there needs to be someone to hear

what causes pain the threads undoing I am tired
of the effort (not mad) the sun still

out but dimmer some days scratched
transparent unseeing the dry anger of loss ravishing

at night I taste bare words on my tongue
unravel into a discussion with myself

each point of memory in ten years
you must have changed into shadow or light

you are everything I remake
every day you were only borrowed

what does your voice sound like we are missing
our days full of shade do you

hear me from the distance of your new home the nest
of clouds my mouth asks for you remember that



Lauren Camp’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Muzzle, you are here, and Solo Novo. She has also guest edited special sections for World Literature Today and Malpaís Review. The author of the poetry collection, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press), Lauren hosts “Audio Saucepan,” on Santa Fe Public Radio, and blogs about poetry at Which Silk Shirt(

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