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Aaron Graham

Eas

Corpses dragging each lifeless body to the sea—waves of charred flesh—
Dark Dark Dark we all go into the dark
and kiss each lifeless face we see
while the dead breath life into our suffering
until our lips meet our own lips and the dream is broken
like a femur split by shrapnel
that marks us among the casualties
but from time to time I still hear…

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Ode to The Dagger Between CY and Poplar

Almost to easy to cut the umbilical
rid ourselves of sprawling void’s, shaded brown,
that expand to infinity, and of Casper Mt.’s shadow
So, the first night, of our last summer, drank
CLC, toasted our memories, and our escape:
Class of ‘04: football state champions.
Where summers wield apocalyptic winds.
And frostbitten nuclear holocaust skies
Obey winters command, noting endures.

And Casper cheered when the first Starbucks went up.
Gary my coffee guy, who I vowed in youth to
Appoint to my staff, were I to become president
Manages the drive at through Hill-top bank.
While we drink idealized despair at 5 dollars a cup
And wonder how there got to be traffic in Wyoming.
We built it. They came. I guess it took two
Wall-marts to kill Casper’s all mom and pops’.
Their graves lay in a field of STILL MORE CONSTRUCTION,
Adorned without flowers, just more orange road cones.

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The Beauty of the Woman

The Beauty of the Woman


For Thea and Alexi Katherine ~ 16 April 2011


The beauty of the woman is behind her touch
In the space between her fingers and the son’s
As he takes his first steppes
Between her hand and the daughter’s
As the father leads her down the isle

The beauty of the woman is behind her eyes.
In the circumference of each teardrop
Which shrunk: keeping pace with the contractions.
And disappeared when the daughter
Kicking and screaming was laid on her chest
Which became a stream of awe—wondrous

Even as the daughter found comfort on her breast

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