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124th Weekly Poetry Contest winner: The Man is Water

by christakitchen

The man is water


with heavy sand

he drips

onto the porch

next to me

carries a half-eaten bagel

between his teeth

braids his long

pumpernickel hair

with his hands

he finishes his bagel

he lights a cigarette

he calls his wife

he lets his cigarette

scar the silver railing

bits of ash scatter


into my coffee

he coughs to the bushes

he says to his wife

I wish you were here

instead of on the phone

I would buy you ginger cookies

I would wash my hair

I would hide my cigarettes

I would admit

to plowing this daylight

with my teeth

my lips

can’t hold your name.

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