The maudlin curtained enclosed silence held
Fast. There, across a gulf grown wide and
Deep as a Gaelic moated shattered castle
Rose great choking indifferent trunk-wide
Weeds, fed forever by a drying thoughtcreek.
Silken tiny shellshards, crushed mercilessly
Underfoot – giant cracking deadened blows –
Littered its expanse. Nothing floated here,
Freighted as it was with the detritus of a
Thousand thousand tiny lacerating skirmishes.
Neither party sounded retreat, certain as each
Was of the rightness of its respective often
Unknown cause. In the silencespace built of
Shared failed well-wishings they plotted the
Mutually assured destruction of everything.
Primed as they were for entropy’s embrace,
It began anew. Rack and ruin, comically
Explosive quiet. Paneled wooden stoicism
Framing frozen tableaux. Insidious, the cries
Unheard, tipping into diffident broken nothing.