The End: A Triptych for Mark Rothko

 

 

                                                                                                no highway home no end in sight
                                                                                                no way out no turning back
                                                                                                black on gray gray in black

 

                                                                                                                        *

 

                                         weight, volume, density; texture, tonality; surface, depth, the
                                                                                               in-between

                                      void, that is                        the opening
                                                                                   

it’s the direction that’s the mystery (MR)

 

                                                                              *

 

                                                                                                unannounced

                                      the end’s by                        arriving at it

 

                                      this is the end:                    coming to see


Gautam Verma lives and works in Piacenza, Italy, where he has been the past few years since completing graduate work at the University of Denver. He has poems out or forthcoming from 26, Blaze Vox, Big Bridge, Word For/Word, Drunken Boat, Diagram and Moria among others and a trio of chapbooks - "Tombs" and "In Ladakh" from Shearsman and "Soundings" from Blaze Vox ebooks.