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Autumn Dern

Inspired by “Coming Back for You” by Jamaal May

Baby-faced stones leap and bound atop stretches

of still lakes. Breathing the whispers of snow-dipped peaks


Pine needles and Pasque flowers settle in lonely river banks

until tourists crush their spines for the sake of taking


Pictures and gaining likes. In Tokyo, a girl scrolls past

an abnormally perfect square of Colorado’s dripping


Sunset. Where clean water floods out of faucets unlike

Louisiana, where a boy must bathe in iron. Where bottled


Water is scarce, but necessary for a shower. An airport

that leaks worried women on smart phones and college


Students returning home and the lonelys that

hide in corners without outlets. A girl flies to Portland


Hoping to see her sister’s farm and occupied belly. A boy

in Sydney waits for a whistle that only a musician


Could hear. Feathers dance around breezes that try to

figure out the brass inner workings of the human


Brain. A boy drapes his lanky calves over a lonely pier

to hear a tear calling from Pennsylvania. Wondering and


Tinkering with what if and maybe. He licks

my thumb as the girl in Tokyo scrolls past us.