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AFTER DIVORCE; FOR NAHID SARMAD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Every sunday at 9 pm
Last Line: Walk from the potter's field of the past.
Subject(s): Divorce; Memory


Every Sunday at 9 PM
he brings his bloat
back to the broken home
the trespasser with his belly
Old Bill Cody in his Mod boots
age 40 hanging over his jeans age 16
spewing the dead buffalo
of his ego over my carpet.

He polecats the house
with a stink Lysol can't kill.
The cat and I hackle it a half hour
while we nod and smile
the courtesies of divorce
over the kid who cools it.
When we pay our severance of good-byes
the weekly mortgage on an abandoned house

and a child split Solomon-wise
I lock him out boot and belly.
But he leaves behind
the cadaver of our account.
Faithful to the grave, once again
I bury our dead and turn against stones
walk from the potter's field of the past.





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