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Vowels and Continents


Some peaches were gathered in your name,
    and that was enough beneath panels of
trick moonlight, parsing out phrases from
    clouds, asleep like a Subaru in the suburbs.

This time, we come as just one, indifferent
    to mealtime, caught with acrylic metallics
between sheets, waffling our waywardness,
    agreeing to save a cartoon milk carton.

In each, one of us sleeps despondent though
    eager to husk, brushing back delicious curls,
yet modest in the sloppy reticence of daily
    correspondence, rejigging dirty postcards.

I could see poppies doffing pinkish caps.
    I sensed in each bed a swart discipline,
a taste. Thoughts broken like islands, firm
    partners thick as the Kawaiisu and Khoi.

This life, in fact, is about rubbernecking space
    sacred as junk-bond litigants beyond all
purview, moist expectations festering our ears.
    So peers triumph. Yet in the jealous ruckus

of shucking, wincing, I'd still surround you if
    I could, replaying our loquacious pastimes:
breaching your neck's cover, its mint sugars,
    our awkward commotion iridescent once.

After it descended, it didn't cause much pain.
    Finally, your resale value was ascertained.
The meek leggings of fog, its crude smallnesses,
    follow someone walking a dog duly along.


Adam Fitzgerald

The Late Parade
Liveright


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