you were not there

From February of 2007.

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you were not there
in the morning when i woke.

so i fixed coffee
and called your name,
fed the cats
and washed my face,
started the car after
three tries,
round six bends i bought
milk and looked around
in hopes of your face.

you weren’t there,
not in the produce
or the magazine stands.

i saw a fruit vendor
he had a handmadehat
like the one i gave
you last winter
but he liked his.

now it’s nighttime again,
and you are stillost
to me.
in a few minutes the blankets
will cocoon me
but never as your arms did.
all the mundane tasks of the day
are the same

but colder with you

gone.

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