The End of the Notebook

goodbye white space so unappealing
menacing & mean

goodbye lines thin-ruled &
black as a mineshaft

like all lines aiming for infinity
yet finite & now gone

ghosts of the dead sing with you
skating over thin ice of your pages

you knew such loss
suffered every stain & song

also there was dancing
dinner & a film

you felt the skin of her fingertips
you tasted the grapes of her lips

you burned through your brief existence
like a match

now a page has turned & cover closed
yet these words etch no epitaph in marble

they tremble like a hanky
that waves farewell

say nothing & too much
a Chinese character tattooed on your heel

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review and many other journals. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

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