the language of leaving
by David LaBounty

she needed
more
than she
wanted
and i
wanted
more
than
she needed

so we stopped talking to each other that way

after
the
silence
we set
the children
on a
raft

placed them in the river after dark

we turned
their heads
to the sky
and said

look, the sun will be there

somewhere

David LaBounty: My work has appeared in several journals including Rattle, the Los Angeles Review, SmokeLong Quarterly and many others. I am the author of the novel Affluenza and the recent poetry collection moon chalk. I have held jobs as a miner, a reporter, and a salesman. I live in Michigan.

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