Silent Retreat


In the dark I feel you slip away.
Like the blood seeps from an abrasion,
scarlet droplets collect.
You bleed out of me.
I cannot staunch the flow.

When you arrived in the dark
you came with no sound
as the flames of candles
illumine the night, halo the air.

Now in the dark I feel the silent retreat.
Without explanation you go.
Forever. Assuming my body had contained you,
I am surprised at the leaving.

8 thoughts on “Silent Retreat

    • This poem is many years old and went through a bit of work to be here, and that is the one line that survived without any editing. It is my favorite part of the poem too. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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