The breath of late August leaves me aghast
and it is here, on this late summer night,
that you come, revealed
in stage-like misery,
playing your own tragic game aloud.

Oh, the mistakes we are saved from—
by way of windows, by way of props for sky and darkness.

Give space to the giver,
to the blow of what is memory,
for what could have been
the outside of my body, light takes frigid air
how cold you are inside of revelation
where lessons are narrow and the path is August, overgrown.

Far ahead—your way is tightened with what could have been.
No matter—my eyes sleep open to August mourning.
Bring the cardinal flowers on either side.
Soon all that is lush will die,
mistakes will grow again
and so will the flowers.


About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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8 Responses to Forsaken

  1. Tom Schultz says:

    There’s something about this poem that I really like. Can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s something in the mood, the evocative images. It’s seductive.

  2. The last stanza blew me away. I love your poetic diction and style 🙂

  3. Kate Houck says:

    Thank you for the positive feedback! So kind of you.

  4. inesephoto says:

    Beautiful poem, I can feel the crisp air of autumn and the sadness of parting. Love that line about mistakes.

  5. Kate Houck says:

    Thank you, Inese. Changes in season truly evoke connection to the human experience. I appreciate your comment and your feedback. Much love 🙂

  6. Truly beautiful!! As we enter the time of fall we can often become introspective, can’t we? Great piece!

  7. Kate Houck says:

    We certainly can. It is an incredible time of year! Thanks for reading 🙂

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