A Closer Absence by Temple Cone
There’s got to be a word
for this longing
that kneels beside you
in an empty chapel
or follows you beneath bare trees,
a word inflected
with pulse and handclasp and breath.
You would need a thousand tongues
just to speak it,
unless you found
you were one of the tongues
and the word
was being spoken
through you. Was you.
The Spirit First Poetry Contest Editor’s Choice Award went to Temple Cone for his poem “A Closer Absence.”
Temple Cone is the author of three books of poetry: That Singing, from March Street Press (2011);
The Broken Meadow, which received the 2010 Old Seventy Creek Poetry Press Series Prize; and No Loneliness, which received the 2009 FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize.
He is an Associate Professor of English.