D​/​V Karen

from by Adler Hall



Pass me the coin that you found in your mouth when you woke to my face
It might be the carrot or maybe the stick you’ll be hitting me with
Out on the water will you lose your shit will you tear at my pockets
Tell me I’m not worth the metal or your spit
God I’m used to this shit

I would prefer a much quieter kind who’d just ask about the currents - maybe the tides -
Or point out the plovers and ask what me what kind are they
semipalmated or something you only find down here?
Nah they’re only down here
They’re all I have
All I have for my way back
Waiting for me there

I’m not sure
If the crossing with you’s harder
Or my return

Maybe just this once we can stay out
I’ll ship the oars we can drift on the tide out of the sight of both shores
bask in your favorite reflections
All your best recollections
They’re all I’ll have
but maybe you
would dare to ask
If I could take you back?
I could take you back.

I’m not sure
If the crossing with you’s harder
Or my return


from Beware the Water, released October 5, 2018


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