James Owens

Parting three times.
Three mornings threaten like broken dancers.

Pale Aurora cuts her wrists in the east.

Swifts' wings unstitch the sealed wound.

3. Gormless --
one of those old words that persist only in the privative,
such a deflation after that delicate spill of vowels,
a failure of poiesis. As in

the gormless flush of songbird chat without you in it