Faded by Gary Beck

Dim flame dying
like a senile candle,

a flickering old woman,
crinkled fingers drooping 

from large jeweled rings 
as she sobs in septic sleep 

that no lover’s steps 
tread the midnights 
of her bedroom. 

Gary Beck's poetry collection Rude Awakenings will be published by Winter Goose Publishing this spring.


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