Multiple Drafts

say, in this scene, you’ve caught something

you missed the first eight times

you’ve played it. there’s something

carved into the bench at

Sullivan Square Station

as you’re sitting there, sobbing

(were you sobbing? or just sitting there, stunned, because it happened even though you knew it would happen, stunned because he didn’t run after you. stupefied?)

and shivering

(was it january?)

and whatever it is, it’s angular, jagged,
inflicted on the bench with something
not quite sharp enough.
it’s deep in there, but not so deep that time and climate
won’t rub it away. what does it say? that’s for the next viewing.

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