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SHIRA SEGAL

 

a day in the inside

 

I will see you on the red dirt road

within eclipsed eyes smiling

saying Welcome To Our Life Together

and We Are As Wide As Our Eyes

 

the knowing deepens

and hands become quiet again

it takes you a long time

 

I eat the dry figs from your closet where you place the keys

and I am pockets unprotected for five hundred miles

and haunted by your midmorning breath

 

then there is the diner and Danny and everything ordered

he says If You're Looking So Hard For Something

Maybe It's Out There Looking So Hard For You

and these are all of the somewheres combined

these are the kitchens of coconut milk

and Melody crying

knowing that getting sick

is just a matter of feeling lonely

and that these are the crazy fingers

of your floor songs and dry lipped invitations

 

Thomas you are still hitchhiking the alley

and loving a Japanese woman who will go to Nicaragua with you

no one knowing quite how but you are in the ocean already

and although you will never meet my sister's exboyfriend in the coop

or circle in my circles with small finger giggles

and with the car stopped running

you want to watch the sun

and hold your blue cup

and look like you're not looking at all

 

once you said

What If One Of Us Died Someday

It Would Be So Sad

you said you'd give up one night of the inside

just to sleep next to me for two weeks

and I said Welcome To Our Life Together

and now neither of us believe