Nothing Ever Stays Looking

by Darryl Price



The same, some things you

Can't explain, most trees

Have felt it go bone dry at the roots before.

I've learned to let love

Go bye bye. You think they don't   

Want to answer your pathetic knocks,

But they're constantly

Calling back to you through rocks and soil. Words are the

Last thing I'd use to

Say goodbye. Goodbye.Goodbye.


No one ever stays

The same.  Problems come

And go. People scare me. Certain trees you can see

Have recorded a whole  

History of suns    

And rain, others have

Been scorched by a different

Kind of weather and stand up for emergencies,

Weeping all the day long.

Nothing ever stays


At the beginning.

I'm not forgetting

The lightning rod . Nothing ever stays on fire forever. We

Giggle. We occupy.

We scribble down.

There are branches old

Enough now that they look

Right through you in their presences. Why this should still  

Comfort me so deeply I simply

Don't know.I cannot say. God speed you, my friend, always, towards her certain smile again.