An Ending by Adam Day

Photo of a galaxy
Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash


          after Mark Bibbins

Rays burrowing in sand
like hearing someone typing

an endless suicide note
in a room at the end

of a carpeted hall, we go on
believing that nothing

can touch us here,
though loss is like

wearing a blouse made
of a thousand needles,

remembering the weight
of the phone in your hand

when the call came in,
the body a snowshoe hare


curled like a closed hand.

Adam Day
Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020) and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Award. His work has appeared in the APR, Boston Review, The Progressive, Fence, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of Action, Spectacle.

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