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Empty Space Poem, Eighteen Months

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 37, Number 1, 2014
p. 38 | 10.1353/mis.2014.0022

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In the photo there’s a child astride your shoulders.
You are moving through the cut-gold of a field.

The hedgerow trees are thickening and darkening.
The sky’s a constant, clear, heraldic blue.

You are on the right side, walking slowly.
The left side of the meadow’s deep and still.

I’ve cut it down the middle, framed and hung it.
We pass you every time we climb the stairs.

Which leaves the empty half for me to deal with:
the empty field, the hedgerow trees, the sky.

I’ve framed that, too, I keep it on the shelf
above my desk, slipped in between two books.

I tell myself you’re everywhere around me.
That summer is still sumptuous, people die.

These are the separated halves of the same picture.

Kerry Hardie  

Kerry Hardie has published seven collections of poetry with The Gallery Press, Ireland. Her Selected Poems were published by Bloodaxe Books, U.K., which will also publish her next collection in 2014. She has also written two novels, Hannie Bennett’s Winter Marriage (Harper Collins) and The Bird Woman (Little, Brown) and is currently working on a third. She has won many prizes, including the National Poetry Prize (Ireland) and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.

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Kerry Hardie. "After You Died, and: Watching the Fire Take Your Body, and: The Door, and: Empty Space Poem, Eighteen Months, and: Between Here and There." The Missouri Review 37.1 (2014): 33-39. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Hardie, K.(2014). After You Died, and: Watching the Fire Take Your Body, and: The Door, and: Empty Space Poem, Eighteen Months, and: Between Here and There. The Missouri Review 37(1), 33-39. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Kerry Hardie. "After You Died, and: Watching the Fire Take Your Body, and: The Door, and: Empty Space Poem, Eighteen Months, and: Between Here and There." The Missouri Review 37, no. 1 (2014): 33-39. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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