for the unuttered word extravagant frames of light
              the lost son for a door slammed shut for abbreviation’s deftness and windowless rooms grass slowly dying on the lawn
                    the ibis the sea turtle for the white wrapped wingspan of a swan
the shadow of memory the ripening rage the stopped clock   
                    for mending the mind the burning cloth the dark plumage
of a library shelf for its paper boat of words a sudden flight
                    of angels the aviary of a wing-clipped heart for the cut flower, fields, trees, earth, wrists, for the body torn,


From Memorial with Liminal Space (Driftwood Press, 2023) by Mitchell Untch. Copyright © 2023 by Mitchell Untch. Used with the permission of the publisher.