At the Very Lengthy Meeting
by Kevin McCaffrey
At the very lengthy meeting
I actually felt my soul leave my body
and rush toward the ceiling—
and fly around the walls and flare
toward daylight, toward the windows—
to throw silently its impetuous emptiness
against the glass in vain.
It could not go anywhere, the clear moth.
Then it lay on the rug, not exhausted
but bored and so inert that it almost—
took on a hue, stained with all the breaths
and words and thoughts that filled the room:
the yellow-green color of old teeth.