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Samantha’s Daily Poem

October 5, 2011

Ode to Steve Jobs

We expected you
to evade it
with elegance and wit

you were too clever
for the commonness
of death.

Even though it was you
who famously said
it was the best invention
of life

the reset button
a new flood of souls

the inevitability of it
our excuse
to be ravenous
and absurd.

If you were scared in the end
unwilling to dissolve
I understand

but I like to imagine it was the way
you lived
a gargantuan exit
by way
of a wink.

October 4, 2011

A long moment

Her fantasies grew
so unruly
that one day
she looked in the mirror
and for a long moment
with casual pity
who the woman was
looking back at her
so thin
and plain.

October 3, 2011

Falling asleep

Every night
the cusp
breath rolls like a capsized ship
my insides drop
I am waiting for it
the precise beat
when sleep swallows
me whole
but last night
was no different
I am there
and then I am

October 2, 2011

The bike accident

The bike must have hit
a root and down
he fell
hands punch the gravel
dust and white
of torn skin before
the blood inks its way
to the surface
garishly red
it shocks me
I forgot 
a warm river
gushes inside this thin
of flesh.

October 1, 2011

The back of a broccoli truck

I once hitched a ride
up a mountain road
in the back of a broccoli truck
in North India
open to the hot wind
careening around switchbacks
as though a child was steering
a video game.

I couldn’t picture dying
it was too outlandish
all that broccoli
the sides of the truck painted
bright and gutsy
like the inside
of hope.

For days afterwards
little green florets
appeared everywhere
in my socks
the pages of my journal
my toothbrush
and every time I found one
I shuddered
not with relief
with admiration
and shock
as though I was being told
the story
about someone

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