Breathe Deep

Empty glasses

Two chairs
One table
No sound - no words
Just dust
That once was
Part of a person
Who passed this way.
A waiter pauses,
Wipes away the life
That sat here
That once watched
And who too waited-
Then thought and wrote.
All now past tense.
Breathe now...
Breathe deep.
Catch the butterfly syllables
While you can
And drink in

What another let loose
Into this fragile space.


  • kivous

    Very well written and my favorite line is "A waiter pauses, Wipes away the life". This line is so powerful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Keith

      Thank you so much for your kind comments - much appreciated, kivous.

    • L. B. Mek


      • Keith

        Well thank you!

      • Teddy.15

        That's truly stunning Keith again I was slightly breathless by the end , it actually for me was about that missing ...once soulmate love...but then again maybe a poets muse is his only true soulmate. 💖 I love the imagery it's powerful and very emotional.

        • Keith

          As ever you are so generous with your words...means a lot. Thank you so much.

        • Rozina

          I love the image I see from your lines. Really good.

          • Keith

            Kind of you to say so and to take the time to reply.

          • SriVi

            The poem creates an amazing visual. A feeling of connectedness with the ones who sat there with those glasses....

            • Keith

              I am glad it connected with you. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - much appreciated, SiVi .

            • mish kanafani

              Great write...reading it I can hear the clink of glasses, taste the atmosphere of cigarettes and wine and then the tingling of anticipation in full knowledge of ending....beautiful imagery...thanks Keith for sharing

              • Keith

                Thank you so much, Mish, for commenting...much appreciated and valued.

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