Jay Spence

Rookie (26-06-1988 / Decatur, Illinois)

Void - Poem by Jay Spence

Typical day:
67 degrees, light rain
The dullest shade of
Watered down gray
Paints skies in a cloud

Every smile I see,
Worn out from years of stasis
Makes me sick to my stomach

Today
There is no breath-stealing pain
No unnecessary tears
Or the harsh words that cause them
I can’t find a cause for anger
Nor do I wallow in self-pity

Today
I am not vomiting
The bitter knowledge of life
Nor am I screaming
For salvation from myself

I feel only the itch
Of permanence
In a body that will soon fade
But it bothers me less
With each unpassing minute

The soft coldness
Of wet ground
Seems to soothe some
Unknown ache

In nature’s blatant lecture
The world moves oblivious
In a way I am unable to comprehend
She cries softly, endlessly

Today is forever
And this is the end of the world
For today is empty.


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 27, 2011


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