Allowing the space you fill to become less like something vulnerable and more like something caught in a brief
gleam of light seems enough of an act to complete today. At morning each of us wake in unknowing
until the pieces lift up from where we left them the night before. Instead of an elegy (an arrangement
of a puzzle that will never rise up), there’s something to be said for cufflinks, a meal unfinished, and the shadow of a face
where the face should be. After all, what’s worse: brevity or the absence of brevity, a sun shallow and just beyond the clouds?
Meditation on Missing Out
When the idea arrives you are mostly elsewhere, not yet having noticed the notion of forever
carved out of moments and not years. What did you say in the sand covered with silt? A nd why? The time zones
sometimes find us rather than us crossing them— mornings manage nonsense better than midday
though the eye catches light best when there’s little light to be caught, the darkness of night like a poem within a poem.
-- Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012)and The Wash (Free Verse Editions, 2006). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, and online at Poetry Daily and the Academy of American Poets' PoemADay project. He coedits Typo Magazine, serves as a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review, and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield.