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Narcissus & Echo

Oh, it was beautiful

When I had but you to fill

When I was one part shadow

Two parts echo

A gecko on the walls of your heart

Through your halls I roamed

Silent from the start

Quiet till the end

I called you home

I called you friend

 

I was hauntingly unaware

Of my own hapless hollowing

My life spent in following

Your trace element

 

And so it went

You violence defined me

Your voice redefined me

 

I was always behind

Bewilderedly blind

I moved to your music

Unconsciously, deliciously, un-nutritiously, and viciously confined

Masochistly misaligned

 

I was happy to be

For all eternity

Empty infinitely

Forever and ever

 

However….

 

The impact of a heartbeat’s echo

In an empty chest

Is hard to ignore

 

Too prominent to dominate

Too consistently insistent

Hard to quieten

 

It made me feel twice as alive

And infinitely more aware

Of my undeniable mortality

 

While your anger pulled me

Hither and thither

It un-fooled me

 

You’d failed to consider

That in hollowness

Sound is not swallowed

But amplified

Impossible to hide

 

You had me so empty

And so miniscule

That I almost drowned

In the glorious sound

Of a majestic echo

 

In the limitless possibilities of my own big bang

I rang and resounded

I sang, unbounded

My freedom new-founded

And I lost sight of your face

Within that sepulchral space

I ceased calling you friend

I stopped living for you

 

Because I never knew I didn’t end…

But now I do.

Published inPoetry

One Comment

  1. Devon Devon

    “Too prominent to dominate

    Too consistently insistent

    Hard to quieten”
    The times I’ve encountered this in my life is when I’ve found myself succumbing to the deafening sound of my own silence.

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