Vacation 2025

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Taken in Seattle, WA

Picture Tangier, dusk: white
boxy buildings step up the hillside
and the sun falls down.

The sky behind you hasn’t changed
but I have.
It was in Florida
in the family pictures
over my head like a sibling.
I watched from my room one summer
my sisters rollerbladed late
around the dimming streets.
In the desert driving
it put poems in my head,
but I lost them along the way
like some of the best dreams I’ve had.

Now you stand in front
of the sunset still bleeding quietly
across the sky
as I look through the lens.
This moment will always hurt;
it is the end of things that haunts me,
and the coming night is the silent bell toll
I’ve heard since a child.

– Inglewood, CA

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