I ducked into the doorway of a church
glorious in granite and stained glass
where a dwindled congregation echoed
in the vast vault of the sanctuary, a thin
chorus rising with the warmth of breath.
I popped the rotten, paint-spattered hatch
at the old textile mill and found rusted
machines layered in dust, pigeon dung,
and silence as if the workers had paused
for the noon whistle and never returned.
I turned the lock at home feeling you missing
from me like cold, hunger, an empty glass.
The bed was awash in space, the fridge
crowded with waiting leftovers. I ached
to share hopes, to make something useful, but
I could never find the right door.
(From Tinker's Damn, Hombound Publications, 2013)