Calyx of Held – Erasure Poem – Click on picture to zoom

Calyx of Held

Selden laid the book aside
bitter waters of life
mystery or taint

troubled vision cleared
insinuations of money
intolerable, unmitigated

mute lips
rest in the kiss
all that his heart craved

his spiritual fastidiousness
fated to pass

the ruin of their lives
atrophy and extinction
drew him in the silence

Thanks to Vince Gotera for the magnificent prompt on erasure poetry
This is my first attempt at the form. Calyx of Held (click to hear the audio file)

Also shared on Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub hosted by heroic Natasha Head