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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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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

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POEM: backpack ballad

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backpack ballad
(to Gretchen)

today I retired my old backpack
a gift from my younger sister
who found her footing earlier than I did

it was one of those backpacks
with one strap, the kind that slings
heroically across the chest

I always felt, when putting it on
as if an adventure were about to start
John Williams music in the background

that backpack carried so much music
hundreds, maybe thousands of CDs
stuffed in till the zipper asked for mercy

it held notebooks full of poems, too
the green one from Kate, the black ones
I bought even when I didn’t need them

now, though, there’s a hole in the bottom
if there’s one thing a backpack can’t tolerate
it’s a hole in the most important place

so I bought a new messenger bag
just in time to go back home where
an adventure is surely about to start

21 August 2013
Auburn AL

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POEM: tweets

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tweets

descending the stairs
I look toward where
the birds used to sit
remember they’re gone
they weren’t like dogs
or cats, no cuddling
but they would perch on my hands
happy and singing
it’s important to not
be the only living thing
in the place where you live

20 August 2013
Auburn AL

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POEM: leaving Alabama

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leaving Alabama

I’m going to buy a few boxes
even though there’s so little to pack
I’m giving away nearly everything
leaving like I came, backpack stuffed
new friends in my heart
eyes searching for distant tall buildings

19 August 2013
Auburn AL

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POEM: oops

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oops

two hundred

twenty-

eight

and then one

day

missed

time to

take up

golf

18 August 2013
Auburn AL

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