Pilot Light
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Letter to Gabriel Written in the Margins of Murder Ballads
Here is a story in the worst way. I have no business being anywhere in it. 
It comes between me and the life I have coming. 
                                                                        — Gary Lutz
Blood of my abyss, illegible voice, was the morning kind?

The cold dawns here, steaming through. 

I imagine you in a field 
across the river, floodplain attic, 
lichen brailed thin on the pump-house door. 

You are dead in the gallows and not dead, 
the rope cannot claim you. 

It is another century. 

Things are not better or worse.
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