When My Eyes Are Closed (A Poem)

I see you in the sunrise, as the blue breaks through the orange like ink into water.

I see you in the way the wind makes the leaves dance like a ballerina on a stage, bowing to the captive audience.

I see you in the fluffy clouds as the sharp “V” of geese fly across the sky, always in perfect formation.

I see you in the busy, chaotic streets of the city as everyone moves about, their heads tucked into their own lives.

I see you in the wonder on a child’s face as the homemade volcano explodes into vibrant reds, showering glittery ash everywhere.

I see you in the face of an old woman with lines on her face as she tells her grandson about hiding during the first great war.

I see you in the smoke swirling out of a cigarette lit between two fingers as a young man talks to his mother and tells her that he loves her.

I see you in the theater as the credits roll on a movie and then the screen goes dark, the smell of popcorn and candy in the air.

I see you in the deep blue dress that still hangs in the closet. I haven’t touched it since you left.

I see you in the wine glass as I pour that special red we always loved. My second glass.

I see you in the sunset as the day ends, the blue bleeds into red.

I see you….everywhere. Even when my eyes are closed.

-K

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