When I reach the centre of the earth

let there be someone with me.

Each of us must bear the world’s weight,

but not alone.


So when I return at last to this same hour

and this same place,

let there be someone raising even

the emptiness in their hands

towards me.

from Without A Backward Glance (Barzan Publishing, 2005), © Ron Butlin 2005, used by permission of the author

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