who never thought me green-blooded enough,
who figured my pale skin
should be more the color of dirt.
I remembered she was Marie
but the names of trees eluded me.
I picked a wildflower for her.
She informed me that I’d killed it.
She loved to ramble through the
woods for hours.
She despised the city.
Too loud, too busy, too smelly,
These were all my argumenta in favor.
She was as beautiful though
as the downtown at night after a rain shower,
soft and neon-colored,
sparkling where you’d least expect.
This comparison stayed with me.
Silent praise knows when it’s well off.
Once she took in an injured owl,
nursed it back to flying.
This is why I never understood it
when she tried to clip my wings.
your resolution to give
up cigarettes. Starting when?
Half an hour ago.
Broke it somewhere between
the liquor store and
the page one stories
on the nightly newscast.