He was a boy once (9)

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9. He was a boy once

He stands, his fingers graze the table

His fingers spread
like a rake

His nose, longer
when he’s under stress

As when he says “Fear gets us nowhere”
an obvious untruth, since here we are

His hat is made of bread

The bottle breaks—a collection of cells.

Just across the river, the trees turning green.
Just say

she will meet a trusted person.

Sometimes understanding
skips a generation.

And then how sad—to see a photo like that?

He’d waited all day to do
what he came to do.


from birds in the house EP, released October 13, 2017


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