vintage love poem : the poem that is a paper airplane

the poem that is a paper airplane

i pulled this sheet from the envelope of my bed
made this paper airplane of a love poem for you

it floats above heads
above the back rows of
English class
vulnerable as I was
at fifteen

i tack a paper clip to its
snub – it falls


nosedives perfect
onto the open pages of the
book you’re reading
hands curled around the real words
nested inside the textbook

you startle out of that

look around

i hide my giveaway blush by
studiously examining the
bulletin board away from you

you wonder
which one did it



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collected in spiritual side effects (2008, 6 gallery press)

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