[for Milad:]

the last time we spoke, you

demanded

why I had not called you back

(and in doing so, answered

your own question)

perhaps you simply feared

losing a kindred soul

in a city that devours

but I, who had packed my Gypsy wagon
countless times, and begun

anew, chafed

at your perceived possessiveness

I think of you still

a fleshwarm statue of bronze, inkstrokes

and expensive cologne, in a stranger land

than all the golden groves of Jordan 

could have dreamed 

in their sunswept reverie

and I, an un-American

in the most American of cities

sharing olives

between our gloved hands

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