Leaning into the Afternoons


secret song

(Birmingham, 2007)

the clouds in your eyes remind me of how i feel
the river will rise on all the secrets i conceal
i’m following you, somehow i’ve fallen so far behind
and lately i feel i’d rather not believe …

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my town

Alabama, 1993

she bit my lip
as if she’d been caught in the act
in the single-wide, Magnolia white trailer
with the missing window
lined up with the rest
in rows like the houses
where i grew up
(but not …

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