‘silent summer’ by Robert Harper

silent summer

the door slams shut / she’s gone at last / at last she’s gone / to school & / summer’s done // summer is done // and silence falls / it falls on the silence / that was there before // before she went / before she’d sit / alone she’d sit // in her room / spend hours / catching +1’s / thumbs up / likes / [keepsakes] // her silence filled / the house and now / now she’s gone / the silence louder / louder than it was / and I can’t wait / can’t wait // for four o’clock / to knock / to knock the silence / at the door and in // in she’ll come / and the wrong / kind of silence / will be [gone]
Robert Harper’s poetry has been previously published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Acumen, The Lonely Crowd, Ink Sweat and Tears, New Welsh Reader, and in anthologies such as #2PoetryAnthology (Vanguard Editions), Fathers and What Must Be Said, A New Manchester Alphabet, and An Anthology to Seamus Heaney. He was Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition 2014 and in the summer of 2016 completes his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry & Pedagogic Studies) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Robert is the founding editor of Bare Fiction Magazine.