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Elijah James

The thought of you lodged deep within her, sent whispered wishes along the sea waves. The water will bring you here. Through the open door, a whole new world awaits. The spark of newborn stars, wind through the pines, a blanket of arms around you all your life.

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Vine and Green

The cold pieces of white continue to fall, filling the pots on the balcony, covering the brown remains of what was vine and green in the summer months. Mother calls again, the demons dancing in her head. Commercials carry secret messages and the christian neighbor has moved away. A pagan now lives across the hall. […]

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Message on the Answering Machine

At 17, we stood close to the edge of the tracks as the train tore past us, engine shredding the wind, my heart throbbing against death so near. I held the fear in my lungs so you wouldn’t smell it on my breath. You loved the fast kick of blood in the veins, the adrenaline […]

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Our Neighbor

Sometimes she lies in bed for days, a spark of woman, strangled by memories of how her husband deserted. We mow the lawn, shovel snow, bring her groceries until she unravels the black shadow’s attack. When she surfaces, her mind blazes, holding vacuum sessions at 3 am, hosing down the windows after midnight crawls through […]

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Numbers

2 AM and channel 5 and 102 collide. Nurses put ice packs under your arms. A woman’s voice sells youth, 10 years backward if you buy. Blood glucose 45. Blood pressure dives under the bed. For 1 minute I want to hide there, too. Closed eyes frighten. A wall clock ticks in the mind. Miracle […]

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Mother Loved Me The Best

She saved the throbbing snake on her forehead just for me. It took energy to scream like an off-key piano. She played that music often. The handprints she put her whole body into were small and lovely on my face, delicate in the tracing outline, blood filling white sting slowly with color. My sisters were […]

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Mums and Vanilla Beans

IV wires commune with veins, keep you stable, change all plans. The nurse takes blood while I pace. The color fades from your face, makes me imagine she’s taking it all. A picture hangs in the hall. People stroll the McNeely Conservatory, frozen in time, absorbing the lush of the green, the calm water that […]

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I have to remove the poem for now

I have to remove the poem. Thank you for your thoughtful replies!

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Rain

After years of rain, the gray hangs in the air, lingers on the skin. Everyone likes when the grass seems green. A slow swirl overtakes the blades, creeps up the ankles. The ins and outs of parking lots distracts. In an old window, I catch a glimpse. Then you fade. Water continues to rise, climbs […]

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First Snow (for Taylor)

We step over burgundy oak leaves breathe sky through bare branches and gather pine cones for your basket. You say you smell snow. I smile, amused. We’ve always been amazed by the way you smell rain before it comes. Through Cities and layers of sky you tilt your tiny nose to the heavens and nod […]