The Listener and Keeper

Judy DeCroce

The Keeper-The Listener,
who has nothing to be sad about
and everything

laces sacks of sound
safe in his clasped hands 

holding all words that fall	
knowing time’s exhaustion,

finds hates and loves
by words left blooming into silence

He doesn’t say
but keeps the words filed safely

forgets judging
the sighs, the shouts, 

flying words falling
heavier than when said—

given once then forgotten
by everyone but The Keeper who listens

and stores
for those not yet born.



Judy DeCroce, is a internationally published poet, flash fiction writer, educator, and professional storyteller whose works have been published by The BeZINE, The Front Porch Review, North of Oxford, The Poet Magazine, Amethyst Review, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, and many other journals and anthologies.

Judy’s poem, “Teeny’s Barn,” was published this spring in Brought to Sight & Swept Away: A Poetry Anthology About Time  by Vita Brevis Press; Editor, Brian Geiger.  The 2021 New Poetry Anthologies Category that has been placed as number one by Amazon.

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