Poem - Absence Recalls

Absence Recalls

If I saw you every day
I’d take for granted your magnificence
you’d be as lovely as any day
yet I’d be blind to the grace always there
what can I do to see you more
to realize what I’ve always known?
moving closer would see to fit
“another way” says the muse of solitude

loneliness would seem extreme
as a method to then fill my life
in the moments without you there
a void is formed allowing me to see
touch would find much more to feel
your scent would conjure fragrance pure
perhaps the greatest I leave for last
the vision of a smile would transcend

I’d remember what I forgot
lack has a power few understand
in the span of separation
I am reminded of splendor’s charm
in every day the glory is lost
when loneliness is not given its due
any day has so many gifts
when absence recalls what I’ve lost.

2016, Sean Green. All Rights Reserved, 20161203.

I wrote “Absence Recalls” as a reaction to the Henry Rollins quote, “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.“  While being alone pangs the heart for more, the recall of the beautiful sights outside of those secluded moments can be the reward.