What’s Left Behind by Austin Eichelberger

We carry so many things with us –
like petals they drop,
littering the floor by our feet,
even as we scoop them into our pollen-dusted palms,
return them to the dry cavity in the chest, the head,
the places where we think they belong.

Like so many things, we are carried,
pieces of us transported away
from where the substance of us remains,
like a star we watch appear each evening –
as Jupiter shines by the rising moon,
the clouds giving way to Orion and Cassiopeia –
a star we watch even knowing
it’s been dead for thousands of years.

These pieces of us are still us –
they are the petals others find by their feet,
the impressions that are carried so far away
that we do not even recognize them
when we encounter them again.
This is all that’s left when we’re gone –
starlight and flower petals, remnants and memories:
portraits, abstractions, what other people saw.

Austin is a co-editor of the wonderful literary magazine SPACES. It’s definitively worth checking out, and sending a submission to.


Published by

Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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