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To Swim

Through my bathroom window I hear

the crackling tide of the old lady’s

shower against her identical tall

glass tank in the next apartment.


There can’t be many pleasures left.

Speech is gummed, sight fogged,

and she leaves bags of cookies at my door

sometimes, with notes: “can’t have sweets!”.

She only bathes at night. 

Maybe under the water she moves without pain,

a mermaid again, like all girls are:

born to the air, hearts in the sea.

Posted 08/12/14
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