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After a while the bird starts to twist
to turn this way and that
as if to show me every side
Now that my mother, as others say, has passed,
I like to visit churches that display
the miraculously intact bodies of saints
in glass cases. Sometimes the hem of their carved garment
The striped shirt drying
on the patio chair—
you can say he wore
when a man has selected himself to live longest of all
there will still be a fleet of Cadillacs to come for him in the night
self-driving from their garage
It is difficult reading today
Or doing my volunteer work at the hospital or reading.
Do you have anything unbelievable that you have read twice?
Pink Jackie’s back in the car.
The shot, the slump, the gore.
The sky’s a murky green. You stop the car
in heavy rain to take my hand and pray.
Is this a truce? An end to civil war?
It can be laughable
to stand in a room
and not know why
you came in there,
Hey you, untrue god, fiscal man,
futile man, sour young cad; hey,
yahoo, seducer, family gun nut,
i.m. Mahmoud Darwish
I went into the desert for the velvet flesh of two white fish.
And when the heat of the desert was withdrawn from me