Norman Thomas di Giovanni

    The Dependable Blackness of Ink

    by Michele McKay Aynesworth

    There comes a moment when

    life's treasures tumble

    like kaleidoscope shards

    and the moving warmth of human flesh

    gives way to the stillness of words

    pinned in the middle of a book -

    that moment when you reach out to feel

    not the flow of hair or the rhythm of fingers

    but the steady presence of a printed page,

    and the color of your loved one's eyes

    becomes subsumed by

    the dependable blackness of ink.

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