The Errors of Living

It could have happened to anyone
not really

perfectly loved lives
would have had better luck
along that hazardous curve
of back road

but you are a different person in the rain

collecting the shimmer of light off glass
this is for when my memory fails
you might say
and no one hears you
under all the managed hysteria
the loosening of night
riding up and hard against your bending
and breaking bread immaculate
across the handmade table

how the curve of a world
as if even then were right now
and nothing could stop the accumulation of sorrow
in this place.

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 Literary Magazine, Chronogram Magazine, and Psaltery & Lyre. His first book of poems, This Someone I Call Stranger, is forthcoming from Indolent Books in 2017.

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