There were no witnesses to his loss,

it was a private affair.


He stood with sober eyes and watched

the sun fade behind his dream.


Darkness folded over itself,

covering far reaches of space.


A vast expanse of stillness

soon enveloped all.


Closing the door behind him,

walking beyond the breech.


At quarter past a lifetime,

he knew the end had come.



Ann Christine Tabaka


Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Burningword Literary Journal; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-NaGig, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.

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