The Ones Gone, But Lovers I'm Sure I'll See Again
in some abandoned rail station
in Omaha or Lorraine. There,
alone, face to face, melting
into each other as if no time
passed. David, with his guitar
and Bob Dylan records,
signed Dylan Thomas books,
David in the big white house
whose address I checked each
Vermont trip, wondered how we
could be in the same city
often, never collide. And of
course the man, as close
as he’ll ever be, under a flag
in Arlington Cemetery as if we
both left upstate New York to be
close to each other. Daydreaming
on a morning pewter rain blurs
branches. Now I’m not as sure
but there was that one freeze
frame of utter longing, a
bookstore aisle in a town I’m
rarely in. Before I had time to think,
those arms, as if there was a life
line between then and when
we coiled on my velvet. Skin,
your hands, your “lets,” a pink
moment, a high before I read. He
was more gorgeous, I’d never
seen him in a suit and tho
I couldn’t, can’t for that
moment in the aisle of books,
every part of me was more
alive than I can remember
I ever was or will be
poetryrepairs #222 16.03:035
Circa 1905 Near the Irawadi
on the way
outside the temple
chants of the monks
though quiet they’re lost
as daylit images
strike upon themselves
nowhere to wander
so still they are
to forget all thoughts
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