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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I was born on my uncle’s fortieth birthday. He was a chemical engineer, brilliant and quiet and tall enough to scrape the sky and bring down stars to analyze and hand out to us, like candy. I met him, my parents said, eight months later, when my ears had just been pierced and I was watch...
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    It's cold out here. Colder than it looked when I was sitting in the car, concentrating on regulating my breathing. In … hold … out slowly … hold again. I was making believe that this is just another of the countless tests I've taken. It isn't. It's the key to my future, and more than that, it'...
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    Speak. I want you to use the voice that you were born with. I want the roundness and smoothness and hurried tones of your voice more than I've ever wanted anything before. Your words deserve to be released from the polished silent luxury of your mind. The sentences and speeches that you...
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    There are languages beneath the words, currents of meaning carrying the thin white foam along. I sit silently at the dinner table, unmoving yet never still, following the step-by-steps: not only of the words, but also of the flick of eyes, the strategic clink of forks on plates, the just-in-...
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    Remember me as a time of day. Think of me as an undefinable warmth, as the warmth of the morning sun, steadier and more capable than your bedroom lamp as you stumble down the shadow-lined hallway and breathe in my promise, a man released from his wrongful grave. If it is cloudy, or if you a...
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    In the time between one second and the next, after the alarm clock goes off but before the world stops spinning, I find myself alone in the silence which is no longer taken for granted. I close my eyes, letting my spine recollapse into the forgiving hug of my bed, seeking again the fireworks ...
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    They said "time heals," and they were right, even though they never bothered to define more closely time or healing. They never said that time would take longer than a week, or six months, or a year, to get around to your case like an overworked doctor saving his least favorite ...
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    There is no future past the tenth second, no time, no beating of one's heart, no endless waiting, no frozen air heavy with fear's scent, only the single shot of the gun and the strong arms of eternity grasping one's body in a simple yet ferocious embrace....

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