Your Voice

Your voice


is just a void now

an unplumbed hollow


in my mind


I can’t remember

the music of your words

were your consonants clipped?

did you glide through diphthongs?

sing your vowels?


I just don’t remember


your voice was strong

I think

not high and chirpy like a chicklet’s

full of up-speaks and likes and OMGs

uttered with weightlessness

like so much gauze bouncing

lost on the strong current


not you

I think

your voice had fullness

was anchored


or so I want to believe


your loss of speech



heart-breaking, in the end


it didn’t occur to me

that they would peter out, your words

come to a full stop


didn’t think to record everything

you said

we said

our songs.