Empty Nests in Leafless Trees

Original Text: 

Jason Guriel. Pure Product. Montréal, Québec: Véhicule Press, 2009.

1embarrass the bare limbs
2that still bear them,
3especially at sunset
4when leafless trees become
5their silhouettes
6and empty nests
7tend to stand out
8like mashed clots
9in a fine mesh of capillaries
10or ink blots
11in failed calligraphy—
12those spots
13where nibs have bled
14into the fibre.
15Actually, I lied.
16Empty nests in leafless trees
17aren't similes
18or metaphors
19or, for that matter,
20even matter.
21They're black holes
22that sucked their birds
23inside.
RPO poem Editors: 
Jim Johnstone
RPO Edition: 
2013
Special Copyright: 

Poem used with permission of the author.