Cy Twombly, "Beyond (A System for Passing)"

By H. L. Hix Read the Q & A
To say how much I've missed you, I offer this,   
at most mist, at least assorted letters, lists,
numbers I insist tell stories. I kissed you
last, Dad, in the casket in which you passed on,
to some next place, but last listened for your voice
last night, these long years after, will listen next
when next oppressed by blue-gray, as I am now,
as I, thus lost, am always by your absence.

Source: Poetry (March 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the March 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2008
 H. L. Hix


H.L. Hix teaches at the University of Wyoming. He is also the author of the verse biography, Incident Light (Etruscan Press, 2009). His poem in this issue are now included in First Fire, Then Birds, a new and selected poems published by Etruscan Press (2010).

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