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All zodiac all

radar your voice

I carried it

across the Atlantic

to Barcelona

I photographed

cathedrals

cacti mosaic

salamanders

I even photo-

graphed my lust

always

your voice skimming

a woman’s skin

mattress springs

so noisy so birdlike

you filled her room

with cages

camera bright

in my pocket map

unfolding

in my mind

I explored a park

leaves notched

& enormous

graffitied boulders

then

three men

 

tall & clean

closed in

they broke open

my body

with their fists

insufferable

your red wool cap

insufferable the way

you walked

away from me

come back please

the buttons

on your jacket

are finches

I wanted to yell

as you vanished

into a hotel

to drink with

your friends

there was nothing

more

you could do

after my attackers left

before I got up

I touched my face

almost tenderly


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