Frank Cianciotti and Lisa Nielsen

Frank Cianciotti


Lisa Nielsen

Inspiration Piece

Memorialized (Again)

we zigzagged thru traffic
your gasoline breath
over bursting knuckles
anxious to get to the memorial
like it was a disney ride

parents told children not to smile
in their scrapbook pose
as another wave of curiosity seekers
drowned out sorrow with flashbulbs

a thousand grieving souls
could have fit between us
were you to lean in and offer comfort
but, instead, like prizefighters,
we went to our separate corners

you to the south, your
camera held up like a shield
and I tiptoed to the north
to avoid you, avoiding me,
my tears an obvious nuisance

embedded in the marble were remnants from
a jagged pain that would rival infinity

I traced what was left of us that day

as the orchestra of waterfalls
thundered in my head
that is was, indeed, time to go


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  1. Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm | #

    I love the way the image repeats,reinforcing the infinite pain described in the poem. Gorgeous and sad, art from loss.

  2. Posted February 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm | #

    I love how Frank used fragmented pieces to put together this photo, sharp, brittle and woozy from loss.