Love Carefully

By | 13 October 2020

Studies have been done
on the impulse found within
to wave off morning trains south
bound to elsewhere

goodbye, you were here
for only a moment, and by noon we’ll have
forgotten you, goodbye,


I want to know
why this life inside of me means
something more than the life that moves
the breath throughout my body, the blood
of a father who never calls, a mother who watches
game shows full volume, waiting
to win herself another life

I watch the train window, the reflection of our careful
bodies, how in the tunnel the dark
crowds us like the warmth of an open flame, how in the light
thrown back at us you
could almost believe these fathers
are tiptoeing out onto the tracks, their hungry
lonely bodies propelled
towards whatever lives
outside the edges
of nowhere

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