Fall 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2013 |

Maybe You’ll Be Young and Pretty Forever

Afternoon sunlight Hammocks through The rain-laden Lilacs, beautifully— But it's no balm. Daylight carves—humidity Curdles the air—sharp- Edging our shapes, Illumining our despair, The wretched beasts Inside us. I know You're tired, baby, But it is what it is— All of our bones Will quiver and snap. Please: Tell me that you know All things will ultimately End. Please: shout, No, no, No, everything will last Forever. Soon, night Will cloak in with an owl- Colored darkness webbed With the dull ember-blush Of sleepless street rovers. Pearled, languid. How Lavishly our hurts glow.

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Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir and three collections of poetry: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. A fourth collection is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and teaches at TCU.

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