You will never move again
but movement is all around you.
An expressionist painting.
The life you lived with me
burns in daybreak red
is shadowed by evening violet,
hurts like the sharp black of crushed onyx
is as cold as marble green.
You will not come again
but you take up every wall
in the empty room where I wait.
Vincent Czyz is the author of a collection of short fiction (winner of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Best in Small Press), a novel, a novella, and an essay collection. He is also the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts, the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction (Allan Gurganus judging), and the Capote Fellowship at Rutgers University. His short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Tampa Review, Tin House, and Copper Nickel, among other publications. He has placed poetry in The Atlanta Review, Chelsea, and Skidrow Penthouse.