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from the August 2013 issue: Brazil

on the bed

an empty suitcase 
sits wide-open 
wrinkled sheets 
a nightgown 
a passport 
an absence between pillow and head 
a glare of ice between mattress and thigh 
a stroke of shadow between decision and departure 
the car you plan to make your escape in isn't registered 
and you're still standing there waiting 
August 2013
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