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JILLIAN PATTINSON


Resolution


After I eat your half of the melon,
I will lay down to sleep in the sun
still warming your side of the bed.

In the morning, I will take my coffee
from your cup, spreading butter
and honey on both sides of the bread.

Then I will put out the garbage,
wash the sheets
and change the locks.

Later, I will put my feet up on your chair,
drink that second glass of wine,
and reappraise the table setting.

Then I may light a little candle
and say a quiet word of thanks
to the blessed saints who deliver us.



inverse

finally I have come to the end of the road
so long my destination, I had all but forgotten
finally, having nowhere else to go, I find myself
tilting on the verge, looking out into the unmade world

spanning the horizon, the mirage holds me like a mirror

tilting on the verge, looking out into the unmade world
finally, having nowhere else to go, I find myself
so long my destination, I had all but forgotten
finally I have come to the end of the road