Tag Archives: M. N. O’Brien

After the Without

Our sullen preparations finish without haste. Slipping, as one does off the finger, a lone water bead, flicking a leaf tip up, dropping weight after the rain. The pearl falls as one does, after the without, sinking in fertile earth. … Continue reading

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Young Man

Broken shale, I wondered why I saw everything as an animal, with a soul.             How long were you underwater? Did I dry you out when I brought you up? Is that why you crumbled?             I wanted to remain sentimental. I … Continue reading

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Pipeline Rapids Walkway

Pipe-walking alongside the raging James River             thriving with herons, I rediscover love and our graffiti, reading             James, is that you I smell? across the canal.             There is nothing unheroic about you or your bridge,             threading water along the margins. Graduates … Continue reading

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October Split

Outside, streetlight             orange orb gas light.             5 AM fog. Haunted air             but you’re behind the hotel television             a jungle of wires, vine cables. Fiddling.             And I should be asleep according to the doctors and ads on the internet             MSN homepages … Continue reading

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Harboring Thoughts

Does Seurat know about your lines? What does he think? I’m at the harbor wearing a trench coat, watching seagulls, fancy bedfellows in corduroy, and warped wooden docks, thinking of phone books buried in salt. I guess it’s bourgeois compared … Continue reading

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Audible Fall

Autumn inaugurates with puzzled children pouting in classrooms as others stare like parents slowing down at the drive-in theater of a car crash wondering how one should feel, witnessing filaments of leaves craft the hours into dusk. M. N. O’Brien … Continue reading

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Fruition

Here I am, giving the sky too much attention and lying next to Georgia, a peach against her cheek. She gripes, references the extinct phone booths, and checks back every few minutes for change. I am skeptical of popular valentines … Continue reading

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