I may just be sitting on two stools at the same time, sweetheart
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Author: Ana Marta Fortuna
Published on: 9/21/2016 9:32:41 PM

I  

whenever I think of you
I rush into the sea.
dread that instead hands
may have developed to gills.
yet it’s like this that during the night I sail in you.

II

burn
country  
man of long dark hair smelling like sea mist
left me waiting on a liquid afternoon.

burn
country, my love
of couples hanging from balconies
green cotton trees
silvery water under bridges
and lonely yellow street lights.

I burn
watching the condoms spread over the floor like coal pencils
from the love I didn’t make because you will never  come back
yet I
hold waiting.

I burn with this country at his highest hour
when the sun is a full metal heart
burn amongst water
calling your name, country
yelling to the sea: home
because there’s no bigger name to home than sea.

I burn
ride the bike like horses crossing oceans
never crying
instead drinking water so I can float to a place
where you return.

This country burns inside like water
I keep waiting for his love
lingering for a water touch
so I can finally be home.


 

- Ana Marta Fortuna
- photo by Nguyễn Quốc Thành

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