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Bright Walls

It was not penitence I sought, standing outside
the bedroom in the old apartment

where you had spent the night alone.
To bend, to kneel before some greater force—

that was no longer what I wished.
Clouds blew in from the coast, and I felt

the sun abandoning the window behind me,
making the bright walls suddenly colorless,

obscuring everything, for a moment,
that I wanted. When I finally entered,

I saw you still asleep—a wet strand
of hair tucked behind your ear, the husk

of your body—and lingered there for a minute,
before walking upstairs to shut the windows.

Credit


Richie Hofmann, "Bright Walls" from Second Empire. Copyright © 2015 by Richie Hofmann. Used with permission of Alice James Books, www.alicejamesbooks.org.

Author


Richie Hofmann

Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015). 

Date Published: 2016-03-04

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/bright-walls