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AR #52/53 Cover: Crave/Coven by Charles Badland
number 54

P O E T R Y
by Melissa Fair

SLEEP IS A THIN COUNTRY ON THE HORIZON

You leave
the way a childless woman leaves
A kind of forgetting, perhaps

a wrong turn
a cloudless sky
a strange town

Your husband's name
on the tip of your tongue
The engine hums

A shoebox full of photographs
An empty notebook
A full tank

This is truth waiting to be named

You are a clean stretch of highway
tires erasing
mile after mile

In the rearview mirror
a dark river opens, turns
its back on dry land.

The lonely skyline,
history, all begging
to be lost

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