WON’T HURT TO SIT IN THE TRUCK A WHILE
I’ve been trying to pretend that the way you said, what’s up?
like a gauntlet thrown in the dirt, is just a necessary part of living.
You stood in the driveway with snow on your sleeves and you said, you’re all I’ve got,
I ground the key in the ignition and drove home on an icy road.
That was the last time you wanted me to be close.
You knew that I would have followed you into traffic like a dog.
You have become something else and now I’m all that’s left
because I’m careful I’ve always been more careful than you.
These are hard lessons like ruinous dams, contaminated rivers, blood on hot tar.
A.M. O'Malley is the author of Expecting Something Else on University of Hell Press. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Find her at www.amomalley.com