Maggie in Baltimore

No one knows how far
you’ve come
like a small light
from the underground
hostile ruminations
out on the road

also, I love you
which is not much these days.

You were hungry once
and I was a badly trained dancer
who knew how to steal
a few things here
a few things there

jumped the fence
just to hand you a plastic flower,
a cemetery flower-
you blinked twice
and the fog rolled in.

 

 

About the Poet:
James Diaz is the founding editor of the literary arts & music journal Anti-Heroin Chic. His work has appeared most recently in HIV Here & Now, Foliate Oak, Chronogram, and Psaltery & Lyre. His first book of poems, This Someone I Call Stranger, is forthcoming from Indolent Books (2017.)

 

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