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about arms needing to reach
out to brush grass from your back,
telling you everything you will ever
need is still here, will always be
green & budding like spring

and you not quite believing this

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about a voice, a throat pinked
and smooth and still working,
speaking of Betty, the dancer,
clicking her heels at Bar Harbor
to Rosemary Clooney’s “Beautiful
Brown Eyes” or Johnnie Ray’s “Cry”

I am 1951 your voice says, I am

and you still listen from another
room like a womb at the edge of water
that evening your life was born

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about feet moving, tiptoeing across a glass
floor, bubbles being thrown above your head,
and you believing the evening’s nothing more
than a little box filled with tinsel & triangles

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about eyes picturing a ripe summer, telling
her she is beautiful without speaking, thinking
of a rose, instead offering a white daisy

“love,” you say, “is all about opportunity”

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about words that are so far apart they are
more like fireflies, blinking short messages
like after the music stops, let’s go lean
against my car while kissing or better yet,
let’s look at stars until we both go blind

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about tongues and red licorice, and how they
go together and how they sweet and curl
and how you still liked both, even after
forty-seven years of marriage

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about missing all those things

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