Featured: Vertigo

David Anthony Sam

You turn and turn,
animate flesh,
quickly forgetting
the knowing part of you.

We speak towards you
but you do not hear
as the gray clouds
that descend to gray fog
do not hear.

Outside, jonquils and tulips
test the light
with green shoots.
I cry out against
their rising into a world
soon absent of you.

But you lie in your final
bed fearful of each turning−
the vertigo of mortality
spinning you away.

 

David Anthony Sam lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. He has four collections and his poetry has appeared in over 70 journals and publications. His chapbook Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of GFT Press Chapbook Contest.