Weekly Poem: ‘Emptiness Falls’

BY Anne Davenport  March 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM EST

By Gretel Ehrlich



Beginning. Again. But how?
Tonight’s perfect moon-slice means
we are half here half gone.
Down deep sea urchins fatten on corpses
and the Missing roll on amnesia’s tides.
All summer the body rains sweat and
emptiness falls from the standing dead.
Cedar. Rice field. Pine.

Gretel Ehrlich is best known for her nature and travel writing. She has authored 13 books, including three of poetry. Her most recent book is “Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami,” which was written after disaster struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Watch our recent profile of Ehrlich here.