Vagabond Boys-Starr Williams

If absence makes the
heart grow fonder,
it makes me question the heart.
There is a difference,
after all, between
iced tea and fresh;
There is a difference between
metaphor and
nervous words.
Memory and moment.
Maybe that’s why I
love myself more now.

You thought this would be about
you, didn’t you?
(You wouldn’t, that’s
another trait I made up in your absence).
Well, it’s not.
I’m more absent for myself than
I’ve ever been for you.

But I love myself more
each time I appear on
my doorstep;
at the kitchen table
at the break
of dawn, bearing
no gifts but an empty bag and a
coat in need of mending.
I love myself then.
I love myself the next
morning, and when I
float away again, but
if I spend too much time
squatting in my own body,
time wears me down
til my bones stand to leave.

Come back soon,
just as someone else.
Come back once I’ve
had a chance to miss you.

 

STARR WILLIAMS

“Starr Williams is a 22 year old graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s English Department, where they had pieces of both fiction and poetry published in the North Country Literary Magazine. They are currently editing a novel and continuing to pour their heart out in poetry.”

 

“A man takes his sadness and throws it away, but then he’s still left with his hands.” – Richard Siken
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Comments 3

  • WOW THIS POEM IS SO BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THIS WEBSITE AND IT’S IDEOLOGY TO BRING SUCH GREAT WRITERS AHEAD IN FRONT OF THE WORLD. I LOVE THE LINES “TIME WEARS ME DOWN TILL MY BONES STAND TO LEAVE” WOW BBRILLIANT~Josh

  • I really admire your poem and you’d attain a good vocab at such a young age. You really express in quite details about a man’s or any person’s thoughts and skills. We used to think a lot till the day we settle down with the dust.

    Also I like the line, “I’m more absent for myself than I’ve ever been for you.” because it’s quite true in our day to day busy life we really get lost in ourselves, in our thought processing. Our closed ones, they complain about we’re not with them but the truth is first we need to discover ourselves then only we can make others happy. Amazing read, Starr, Well done!

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