If You Leave Now You’ll Get There Eventually

Your lover lives on another planet.

That’s at least how far it would be,
according to your response when
she asks the distance between
New York and California.

Geography was never your strong suit,
but these things you know for sure:

Keep her in easy to reach places.
Say, “When I think of you,
I hold myself here, here,
and here.”

Tell her how you’ve spent hours
learning the chords to a song
you’re almost certain
only the two of you like.

Make her a mixtape with that
same song playing over and over
and over again.

Make sure it has the words
“I love” and “you”
somewhere in the liner notes.

Poetry – Published in Trip City, 2012

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