Sorting through Documents at Dawn

Shirley Camia

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three crosses appear

on the tv screen

 

following a

sweep of my hair

 

that felt like your hand

 

maybe i dreamt it

but i so badly

 

want it to be you

(in whatever form)

 

near

 

not in the light through

which you’ve disappeared

 

leaving us

with questions

 

what is your social insurance number

what is your mother’s maiden name

 

how

 

who am I now

 

(and in between

the writing

found

 

on perfectly pressed

pages

 

a comma

and a curse

 

who were you)

Shirley Camia, "Sorting through Documents at Dawn". Copyright © Shirley Camia 2019. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. 

Source: Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019)