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Streets


1

Moving fast, the eye
works it out that
they're a couple, he
reaches out to
touch her cheek, no,
to take her cellphone.
 

2

From down the block
hard to tell a
spill of trash from
a sleeping man
until the eye,
the quick, patient
eye sorts it out,
sorts it all out,
the parts, the fit.
 

3

In streetlight the huge,
deep-veined, heart-shaped
leaves of the caladiums are
ears, butterflies, ghosts.


Michael O'Brien

To the River
Flood Editions


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