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IVY

14th
Aug. × ’18

Suddenly you return
overrunning my wall
with your overabundance

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ORCHID

10th
Aug. × ’18

Dear Orchid,
I think I may
abuse you
After our careful courtship
of directions on weekly watering
and other such basic maintenance
I promptly forgot
which day I started
Each time I walk by
I feel so much guilt
that I am killing you
that I let you wilt longer
When I finally convince myself to respond
I significantly overdo it
Perhaps you are now drowning
And now [...]

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PEAR TREE

7th
Aug. × ’18

You canopy over
the overthought avenues
with all their right angles
carefully measured
All that
and still they pale
in comparison to you
When you brush against me
mindless petal
you make me
gentle
I meander
thinking I can learn
to slow myself
But lights flash
and I brush you off
brusquely continuing
to wherever it was I was going
desperately trying
to remember
why it seemed to important before

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TULIPS

1st
Aug. × ’18

1.
There is something wrong
with tulips on fifth avenue
They are penned in too close
like New Years Eve
meant to be fun
and yet
2.
You are not wild
someone planted you
Even I planted you
here in this poem
Hello
3.
You are coquettish
you want to be
peeled back
I wish I could
and let you be
still you
4.
Would you let me
trope to you?
I could be sun dappled
and ready to [...]

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OCEAN

7th
Jun. × ’18

1.
Oh Ocean
are you always lost
at sea?
Do you even want
to be found?
2.
Let me call you
little wave
Get to know each
ripple and rise
its own story
apartments in a sky scraper
silence in a subway car
neighbors that never met
until
3.
I am a ship in a bottle
Swallow me up already
will you?
4.
Dark depths of unknown
let me explore all of you
that is unsure
Your many molecules [...]

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WATERWAYS

1st
Jun. × ’18

1.
Local lake
where things go to land
you love the lost leaves of fall
the bread crusts
a father threw for his daughter’s smile
more than for the ducks
for the memory
light in her eyes
For you things just are as is
plus whatever comes
Let this be me
late at night
who you silently hope will
walk far enough down the darkened path
to skinny dip [...]

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Parachute Jump Opening, Coney Island, 1941

14th
May. × ’18

1.
Can you smell the cotton candy
seducing you into line?
Is it the wind in her hair?
The a-line dress distractions
a hundred years since
hoop dress held hope
of what lay underneath
just out of reach
Step
attempt weightlessness
World War II unfolds elsewhere
Everyone simply floating
past one another
2.
If everyone only floats
past everyone else
anyway
Why not?
3.
If we just hold hands
in flying baskets
nothing will [...]

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THE BLIZZARD OF 1996

7th
May. × ’18

1.
Whose hand
was I was trying to hold
when school closed
for the first time
in our lives?
Snow piling high above cars
on which kids played
king of the mountain
Everything
as possible as
a unique flake of snow
mattering
Sometimes when it snows
it could be then again
Magic slipping from the sky
safety just being
a small speck of snow
2.
Is life meant to labor
from here to there?
Or [...]

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1996 SUMMER OLYMPICS

1st
May. × ’18

Bela Karolyi screamed
Suck it up
and my life seemed so simple
when Kerri Strug landed the vault
on one foot
try harder
try harder
all we needed

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KIWI

28th
Apr. × ’18

If from a simple seed
becomes your intricacies
Anything can be

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