the weight of space

while the strains
may recede
the sound trembles
a moment’s breath
upon the skin
notes played
to empty places
a chorus
to barren chairs

shall I stand
without gravity
no strings
to cling to
to pluck
the resonance
of forgotten

this gravity
of once
this heft
of no longer
we may hold
as ballast
we let go
of stones
yet feel still
the weight
of the space
the breadth
of their

© Sarah Whiteley


  1. dear sarah,

    another poetic gem here. what you have written is true and i can relate with this- the weight of an absence and somebody left you in that space. have a blessed new year.



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