Altogether Elsewhere by Tess Taylor
They multiply, these cities of the heart,
these rooms we lodge our bodies in.
Brief beds: one California night
I swam between the humpbacked coastal ranges
and woke Scotch-tinged, wet, newly dreaming
to smokestacks and sharp dawn in Queens.
Light split the branches of fresh trees.
A stage-set life implied itself from props.
Now morning— pigeon flocks, construction sites,
a Western freeway's glint, a garden filled
with verbena, sage, my childhood light—
this midsummer, too, will go so soon.
O unfinishable homes: You each feel so real so briefly.
I feel you incomplete me, incompletely.
The Forage House by Tess Taylor was published in 2013 by Red Hen Press and is now available to order wherever books are sold.
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