what it is
by Iain Matheson

 

the old coffee pot
is empty the old
coffee pot made of
its shape is empty

 

what it is to be
empty of coffee
rather than of tea
or of lemonade

 

what it is to be
empty as a day
as a mind as a
gesture is empty

 

what it is to be
empty as the white
space surrounding the
poem is empty