… if sleeplessness
or passiveness keeps you from the usual
go-round of night and day : take this message
and imagine it was sent to you alone
with these words: I don’t have to be afraid
of you now, since you no longer listen.
I’m tired of thinking about going on
with it all. I will never understand
why you ever needed me for anything.
These are the last words I will ever send you.
— Charles Pierre, “The Dark Muse” (excerpt), Green Vistas: Poems 1969-1979 (New York: Northpoint Press, 1981)