saving my life

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If
on the cusp of this moment
and
the
next
you should find yourself
mesmerized by a once-familiar taste
of sweet summer apples
and the raucous sound of
cicadas filling the air with
their strident chant

perhaps you’ll find me
where you last
saw me

standing beneath the
the green curtain of a
weeping
willow

pushing my hair from my eyes
with an uncomfortable sweep of my hand
not daring to believe
you were watching

but this time
I would not smile
a shy smile of gratitude
defenseless
hungry

I would disappear into
the verdant will leaves
saving myself
just
in
time

ceg 5.27.15

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