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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nightwatchman

She lies as if dropped from the sky
just across the room,
sheets discarded to the waist,
eyes closed, mouth slightly open, asleep.

Sweeping curves
which cut across the surface of the bed
suggest the passage of life at high …

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Crash

(Birmingham, 2004)

Midnight. Driving. The night air through the windows has a late-Spring quality: warm, but with a hint of chill around the edges…Winter still clinging as the year moves on. Our plans went out those windows long ago, abandoned …

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Sea

(Birmingham, 2005)

I had a big idea
I had a crazy eye
I broke the sacred seal
I told a lazy lie
I’ve had my conscience bent
I’ve had my patience tried
I’ve been up in the desert
And down …

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