SHOUTING INTO EMPTY

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SHOUTING INTO EMPTY

I'm trying to shout 
to shout out
loud
     but not   
   one    faint   
      echo … …

  no sound to 
   reverberate,or to 
      resonate, or to
  simply murmur.

shouting loud into empty
        Is not easy
words string out and 
   float   away 
          away    
           away  
                away
    
        bubbles, 
            pipe-streamed
       bubbles, 
               small, 
         floating,
             spinning,

trying to touch, to 
find,
     seeking  
                 infinity

Are YOU there
Are you THERE

Are you
    Somewhere 
              out there?

lurking,
hiding in the 
shifting space 
      between this cry 
and the 
     frozen void
that islands me, 
you behind screen and
    wire and
           wave?

Fingers tap tap tapping,
rhythms crying 
to be sung

I SHOUT my slow-winged 
words, 
      searching
for the tune to 
          flow them …

      Do you hear? 
Does your hand reach out to 
gently catch my shouted, 
        silent words, 

to capture them 
      drifting , 
 drifting 
       fading, 
             dying
   dying 
 
dying I shout 
   OUT 
. silent?
silence .

I shout myself
 at you

I shout the form that shifts
         the haze,
that fades into time,
that leaves
           no echo, 
   no trace,
no 
sound when I 
shout 
  out 
loud
     into empty …

Jean Law 2012 – 2017 
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