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First Line: Anconcito. The fisheater. Men were standing on cork rafts
Last Line: In my head say please not now, I haven't quite lived yet.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Memory; Travel; Journeys; Trips


Anconcito. The fisheater. Men were standing on cork rafts
on the water, visible between great Pacific swells.

So in Ecuador you decide to forget her in St. George in
Normandy. Try not to think of a white horse for several days.

All of the lilacs in the yard lie when they take you back to your
youth. There are white hairs on your chin, you can't jump the fence.

What is this feeling that the police are ineluctably closing
in and you will miss many of your daughters' birthdays.

There are still flowers of evil that want to lead you to another
life. We have photographic evidence of this in color, black-and-white.

Asleep and in a dreaming state near death I feel the awkward girl
in my head say please not now, I haven't quite lived yet.





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