Cami Park

You will vanish

In Nutrition, Photography, Poetry on January 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

On Leaving the Bachelorette Brunch
Rachel Wetzsteon

Because I gazed out the window at birds
doing backflips when the subject turned
to diamonds, because my eyes glazed over
with the slightly sleepy sheen your cake will wear,

never let it be said that I’d rather be
firing arrows at heart-shaped dartboards
or in a cave composing polyglot puns.
I crave, I long for transforming love

as surely as leaves need water and mouths seek bread.
But I also fear the colder changes
that lie in wait and threaten to turn moons of honey
to pools of molasses, broad front porches to narrow back gardens

and tight wings of friendship to flimsy things that break
when a gold band brightly implies, “leave early go home,
become one with the one the world has told you to
tend and treasure above all others.”

You love and that’s good.
You are loved and that’s superb.
You will vanish and reap some happy rewards.
But look at the birds.

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