Patricia Nelson


The Void

Perhaps this shimmer in the
emptiness is nothing—it doesn’t
realize it holds a shadow.

Doesn’t see the leaf-thin light
or the cool, dark tree that bends
like an image on the water’s skin.
Or love the creatures of eye and awe
who reach into the sky with silence
gleaming at their wrists.

Doesn’t notice its own farness where
a star blows wonder open like a flower.

Patricia Nelson is a former environmental attorney who has worked for many years with the “Activist” group of poets in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is working on a book of poetic monologues by monsters and seers.