Four years passed
not using it
with darkness filling.
This poem is about coping with death. In the poem, a person in a family has died. The family, after the death, kept the person’s room just as it was when they were alive. They have kept the room closed and do not open it.
In the poem, the person has been dead for four years (Four years passed). During that time, the person’s family has kept the person’s room closed (hidden away). This was done with intention (purposefully).
The family had a fear, that if they looked at the room, that it would somehow change. This change was perceived to mean that something of the person would be lost. There was the idea that if they looked at the room (The sight), that it would somehow use the sight of the room up and that the memory of the person would be lost (with darkness filling).
This idea is almost like the notion that taking something fragile out of a protected case causes it to deteriorate some. It can only be looked at so many times before it is gone.
Another analogy might be the idea that smelling a scent somehow uses up the scent. The thing can only be smelled so many times before the scent of it will be gone.
In the poem, the family sometimes has times when they pass the room (Today passing by) which is sealed like a vault (the vault).
When they pass by, they have the overwhelming sense that the room needs to stay the way it is (Stay). Again is the idea, that if the room changes, the person will be lost.
In terms of form, this poem used the Experimental Poetry Form: Twenty Words.