When I first conceived of you I was
inside a graffiti-covered phone booth
near a rundown beach motel. I wept.
The OB’s voice on the other end
filled with static. You swam through
the phone line anyway, lodged for years
inside my heart before you sped
away. I loved you as best I could,
but leaving was what you got good at—
lured by street meds, accelerating down
tracks that imprisoned us both.
Do you ever pass abandoned booths and
wish you could make one call?
Pick up the phone. Hear
my blood pound in your veins.
Blessing the Way
She stood stolid on the path, firm, stubborn
as my convictions. Dull gray curls escaped
her floppy hat, and she wore a drab, torn
peasant skirt, scuffed boots, an oversized draped
coat. A tattered shopping bag completed
the look and made her seem crazy, homeless
–or even too lonely—depleted,
one of those unheeded, considered less
on streets near the park. I tried to avoid
her, but she nodded toward three wild rabbits
crouched under a hedge. Her delight destroyed
my fear, bid me exorcise cruel habits,
and blessed us both as we watched reverent:
she with joy, me with new eyes, repentant.
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