TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. Her poetry and personal essays have been featured in Mojave He[art] Review, Cirrus Poetry Review, The Beautiful Space Journal, The Curlew, The Rising Phoenix Review, I-70 Review, The Avocet, The Woolf Magazine and more. Her debut poetry collection entitled, “Found: Between the Trees” (Grey Borders Books 2019) . She lives in a Swiss valley with her husband and cats.

Conservation of Energy

Clearly it is day
above the mega-watt bulb with its
tentacles every which way

Pulling at this, pulling at that.
I see it all around
I keep going.
I recall a bud waiting to burst,
an explosion, summer.

I recall the storm, its spindle of clouds.
Storm eating the sky

Your youth, my experience, lost.

I block out yesterday, the silence.
I block out the life pressed against the windowpanes.
The force in the room.
The door
a mouth gaping open.
I block out your touch
the resident of that body.

This is how I mourn, wanting or not
wandering through the day between the energy you transferred