Amra Brooks: Expectant

Fall '08 TOC

A pimp had given you a jump start
in the parking lot of the Super 7
on the day of your arrival.

I’m in the pharmacy when you call
the cashier is having a problem with register
and when I pull up to the house
you are already here.

Car packed high
thrift store paintings, amps, clothes folded in neat piles
worried that you won’t recognize me
all this change.

Your t-shirt faded across the miles
this car too, all of it a bleached photo
you’ve come so far
it’s still light out
I want to feed you
mark this day
slather fish with honey
pluck pomegranate seeds
how long I’ve waited

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