Thursday, November 6, 2014

Things Missed and Things Missed

by Jim Rapp 

Some things are missed
            a fault of
            auditory failure
Some things are missed
            because their
            essence always lingers 

The preacher's softly
            urgent words
            of admonition
A child's babbled
            silly-serious
            inarticulation 

The comic's denouement
            a quick and muted
            twist of wit
A shower's rapprochement
            with a roof
            that's loving it 

The weather person's
            hurried need
            to say it all
A wind gust driven
            turgid against
            the north side wall 

The grind of traffic's
            engines in the
            street below
A blind benefic
            rumble with a
            storm in tow 

The breathy secret
            that implies the
            meeting is ad hoc
A consistent fret
            of ticking by the
            ancient windup clock 

Some things are missed
            a fault of
            auditory failure
Some things are missed
            because their
            essence always lingers

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