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"abiding nothingness" by Elizabeth Jong

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Published September 1, 2022

abiding nothingness

by Elizabeth Jong
(High Prairie, Alberta, Canada)

something inside, but nothing is left
the silent buzzing, the lack in space
slowly, ever so slowly
stillness cripples

vacant fringes, curling inward
laying tightly, nothing touches
deeper, and deeper
endless unwanted

hiding to escape the seen
bluffing to fool the rest
aching, ever so aching
painful emptiness

alone, drifted, feeling voidness
barely reaching, somewhat striving
quieter, and quieter
voices relinquished

flattened view, distant darkness
heavy heart, sinking stance
want of substantiality, gasp
ever abiding nothingness


Biography
Elizabeth Jong was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She has 9 children and holds 4 university degrees (BFA, BEDS, MA Ed, and ND). She first began writing poetry when she was in junior high school. Poetry for Elizabeth is a genre where words can utter a voice that is often silenced within oneself.

This poem is included in Poetry World #4, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

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