2 September 2004 | Vol. 4, No. 3

Departure for Cause

Snowflakes here fall like all the others.

They may as well be microscopic,

crushed bones. They cannot melt

even if the ground somehow forgives.

I for one am going to miss you.

I watched today's sun at its last hour

of color. You stood on the neighbor's

porch. Their lights came on to greet you,

and the sunset followed you from room

to room, through the foreign household.

About the author:

Paul Dickey has poetry forthcoming or in recent issues of Southern Poetry Review, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, the Cider Press Review, Rattle, and multiple other online and print publications. His first chapbook, What Wisconsin Took, was published by the Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin Libraries – Madison, in May 2006. Biographical information and additional notes on previous publishing activity can be found at mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/dickey.htm.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Paul Dickey at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 4, No. 3, where "Departure for Cause" ran on September 2, 2004. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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