Pilot Light
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Letter to Gabriel Written in the Margins of Murder Ballads
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Jake gone six months, then seven. 
I move through summer, verb for breath, accrue. 

Heat understands, folds into the dashboards. 

A woman is living in her Oldsmobile on Leigh Street.
For weeks she unfolds the traffic,
the shade of an elm pours, devalues, 
all present tense and bending close, 
house to house. There is no explaining
the ghost of a face, then a face.  

What can I give that won’t be taken, 
assembled into guilt? The feral cat 
under the shed archives the rats, then squirrels.  

Gone isn’t the word I’m looking for. 
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