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POEM: Turtles, finally

Turtles, finally

I used to write about turtles.
It was a long time ago.
Back when I thought absence
really did make the heart grow fonder.
Then I saw a dead turtle on the road in Alabama.
I’m not a believer in signs, but I got the hint.
The next time we met it was over.
When, a decade later, you asked
if I remembered your partner’s name,
I realized it had never begun.

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Jason Crane
29 January 2020
State College PA

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haiku: 1 December 2013

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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]

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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

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POEM: kissing Jane

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kissing Jane

the entire poem
is in the title
except that he
never did it

28 August 2013
Auburn, AL

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Alabama: space is the place

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Alabama: space is the place

saw a Saturn 1B rocket
towering over the trees
as I entered Alabama
not far from where
Sonny Blount was born

27 August 2013
Elkmont, AL

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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

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