yeah, might be the soil

this place
isn’t dark
it’s just empty
completely barren
every now and then
i do see
some bright thing
way over there
on the edge of things
but it’s always fleeting
like a falling star on the far, low horizon
i keep planting things
so that something will grow
in this endless empty space
but nothing takes
maybe it’s the soil
or just not enough sunshine
i get tired of trying
i suppose i could try
painting things again
at least maybe that would help
this space 
look occupied