Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Magdalena Ball #29: One Time Only

One Time Only                                       

                                      For Leela

One time only
newly flown
callow with freedom
drunk with migratory angst
I forgot your birthday

I had never before
never since, and not today
when you probably won’t notice
though the ache of it keeps me awake
in the haunted warmth of the bedroom

I swallowed all your pain
my legacy

it lives at the back of my mouth
like a toothache
a stalker of dreams
your tabla taals, your chants

here in the quiet
vacuum of night
where you and I
silently celebrate another

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