"Gone" — a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Gone —
Dennis Paul Wilken

You are here a moment
Like a snowflake
Shiny and beautiful
Yet oddly cold,
Strike a solid something
Melt away, first water
Then air
Then nothing
Except maybe
Someone else's
Bittersweet memory
Of the small storm
You were
On your best day.


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"Gone" is excerpted from Wilken's last book Poetry Factory (2017). Dennis Paul Wilken is a prolific poet, sketch-artist, veteran journalist and Senior Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and is a former Staff Writer for Cincinnati Magazine. His poem "Outcomes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.