The Dark Room

Somewhere in the house a dark door
opens and death appears, which is silence.

We go in to pray for a thousand years alone
and to long for the voice of the sea.

I see there is today and you are here
and the sunlight and the singing birds.

Nothing beyond the house — the hissing
of snakes and the foul traffic — is worthy of us.

That dark room must be tomorrow,
and the cold rain against the glass, and the clouds.

J. Kyle Kimberlin
Draft 2

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