POEM: haiku

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the streets are full of shouting
in the southern college town
where the last second counted

30 November 2013
Oak Street

[Photo: Melissa Humble, Auburn University Photo Services]

POEM: another farewell

another farewell

after 37 moves you’d think
I’d be an expert at saying goodbye
but every farewell is bittersweet
with each handshake or hug
I leave a little piece of me
in the care of a friend
after 37 moves, I worry
there isn’t much left
but with each handshake or hug
my friends give me a piece
of themselves to take with me

30 August 2013
my last night in
Auburn, AL

POEM: after seeing The World’s End

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after seeing The World’s End

everyone was replaced
by an exact replica

as we left the theater the lights
were off the halls were empty

the doors were locked the
parking lot was silent

we walked a little faster
to the car drove through

deserted streets toward our apart-
ments where nobody was home

23 August 2013
Auburn AL

POEM: adding to the list

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adding to the list

you give away and you pack
and you pack and you give away
then after a while it’s just you
in an apartment with new echoes
wandering from room to room
opening drawers to ensure they’re empty
not long after, you turn in the keys
and that’s it, another place added to the list
of places about which you’ll say
“I lived there once a long time ago”

22 August 2013
Auburn AL