The back road to forever

is misleading in this light;

a wrong turn might take you

to places never acknowledged.

You stop, wipe your hands

on low hanging leaves

and absolve yourself

of any wrongdoing

before it even happens:

saves time, saves explaining

when the landscape shifts

into a higher gear of void.

You seek comfort in balance,

redressing old wounds

from empty battles of youth.

Some things don’t heal,

and in this setting sun

you are all of them.

Gary Glauber

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers. 

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